Lore for July

"The Return"by Chuck DeHaan

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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 of the Sunrise, a lore from the Cherokee.



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The Journey To The Sunrise

A long time ago several young men made up their mindsto find the place where the Sun lives and see what the Sun is like. They got ready their bows and arrows, their parched cornand extra moccasins, and started out toward the east. At firstthey met tribes they knew, then they came to tribes they had only heard about, and at last to others of which they had neverheard.

There was a tribe of root eaters and another of acorn eaters, with great piles of acorn shells near their houses. Inone tribe they bound a sick man dying, and were told it was thecustom there when a man died to bury his wife in the same gravewith him. They waited until he was dead, when they saw his friends lower the body into a great pit, so deep and dark thatfrom the top they could not see the bottom. Then a rope wastied around the woman's body, together with a bundle of pine knots, a lighted pine knot was put into her hand, and she waslowered into the pit to die there in the darkness after the last pine knot was burned.

The young men traveled on until they came at last tothe sunrise place where the sky reaches down to the ground.They found that the sky was an arch or vault of solid rock hungabove the earth and was always swinging up and down, so that when it went up there was an open place like a door between the sky and ground, and when it swung back the door was shut. The Suncame out of this door from the east and climbed along on the inside of the arch. It had a human figure, but was too bright for them to see clearly and too hot to come very near. They waited until the Sun had come out and then tried to get throughwhile the door was still open, but just as the first one wasin the doorway the rock came down and crushed him. The other six were afraid to try it, and as they were now at theend of the world they turned around and started back again,but they had traveled so far that they were old men whey they reached home.

As told in "History, Myths and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee" by James Moody ISBN#0-914875-19-1

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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 Pletier and others like him who have been imprisoned unjustly. And here is the story of how I got my Pipe


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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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