I am a high school student who has to do a presentation on a myth. I have to explain the details of the myth such as the plot, conflict etc. It is very straightforward. Here is the myth.
There are 2 "Hunters groups". One group of hunters show up at the start of the story(They meet the bear) while the latter, which the myth describes to be four hunters, appear at the other half of it (They fight the bears). I will use first and second group to denote this hunter groups.
I do not understand the protagonist and the antagonist of the myth. At the start, the myth focuses on the first group of hunters. They meet the bear and find out about the sack etc. But when they share the details with their chief, they do not re-appear in the story. After that point, only the chief, second group of hunters and the bears show up. Is this some kind of literary device to confuse the reader. I research and find out that it is called "False Protagonist". But even after that point in the story, I am stuck. Is the chief the protagonist or the four hunters? The bear is out of the question because the bear's desire to not provide the sack to the hunters is not fulfilled. I could be wrong because making the protagonist not have their desire fulfilled could be also a literary device. And even after that, who is the antagonist? The bear seems the closest option but is it the bear that the hunters met at the start or the two black bears in the cave? And if the bears are the antagonist, how? They didn't really "significantly" oppose the chief. They didn't attack the chief like how the four hunters got attacked. The bears only significantly opposed the second hunter group(Because of the fierce fight at the end).
Please, please help! I asked my teacher but she is confused as well! Hope anyone can kindly help!