O'siyo, Welcome to my Lodge, come, come in and have a seat and we will pass the pipe as friends and then I will tell you a story of our Ancestors and thru this story you may learn of our ways and our culture. These Legends are of our life and tell us how to live with all life in this our world, and Id like to share these with you. This month I will tell you a story of seven Cherokee boys who became stars.
"The Origin Of The Pleiades And The Pine"
Long ago, when the world was new, there were seven boys who used to spend all their time down by the townhouse playing the gatayû'stï game, rolling a stone wheel along the ground and sliding a curved stick after it to strike it. Their mothers scolded, but it did no good, so one day they collected some gatayû'stï stones and boiled them in the pot with the corn for dinner. When the boys came home hungry their mothers dipped out the stones and said, "Since you like the gatayû'stï better than the cornfield, take the stones now for your dinner."
The boys were very angry, and went down to the townhouse, saying, "As our mothers treat us this way, let us go where we shall never trouble them any more." They began to dance, some say it was the Feather Dance and went round and round the townhouse, praying to the spirits to help them. At last their mothers were afraid something was wrong and went out to look for them. They saw the boys still dancing around the townhouse, and as they watched they noticed that their feet were off the earth, and that with every round they rose higher and higher in the air. They ran to get their children, but it was to late, for they were already above the roof of the townhouse, all but one, whose mother managed to pull him down with the gatayû'stï pole, but he struck the ground with such a force that he sank into it and the earth closed over him.
The other six circled higher and higher until they went up to the sky, Where we see them now as the Pleiades, which the Cherokee still call Ani'tsutsã (The Boys). The people grieved long after them, but the mother whose boy had gone ihnto the ground came every morning and every evening to cry over the spot until the earth was damp with tears. At last a little green shoot sprouted up and grew day by day until it became the tall tree that we call now the pine, and the pine is of the same nature as the stars and holds in itself the same bright light.
This is a version of the Cherokee that is close to another story told by the Seneca which I featured a few months back in November of 96
As always, I ask everyone to make prayers for World Peace and Kindness for all Living things on our Mother, The Earth. I ask all Pipe Carriers to make smoke with me in prayer also for Leonard Peltier and others like him who have been imprisoned unjustly. And here is the story of how I got my Pipe
News about Leonard Peltier case and to view his art work....click here for details!!!
Monthly Lore For 1997
December ++ The Deluge (Cherokee)
November ++ How The Rabbit Stole The Otter's Coat (Cherokee)
October ++ The Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting (Cherokee)
September ++ What The Stars Are Like (Cherokee)
August ++ The Moon And The Thunders (Cherokee)
July ++ The Journey To The Sunrise (Cherokee)
June ++ How They Brought Back The Tobacco + a second version (Cherokee)
May ++ The Origin Of The Pleiades And The Pine (Cherokee)
April ++ A NEW BOW FOR TANI (Cherokee)
March ++ ATAGAHI-THE SECRET LAKE (Cherokee)
Febuary ++ Kanati the Hunter and the Cave of Animals (Cherokee)
January ++ BEAR'S RACE WITH TURTLE (Seneca)
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