Lore for August

"The Arrow Maker"By Jack Hines

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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 Moon and Thunders from the Cherokee people.



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The Moon And The Thunders

The Sun was a young woman and lived in the East, whileher brother, the Moon lived in the West. The girl had a loverwho used to come every month in the dark of the moon to courther. He would come at night, and leave before daylight, andalthough she talked with him she could not see his face in the dark, and he would not tell her his name, until she was wondering all the time who it could be. At last she hit upon a plan to find out, so the next time he came, as they weresitting together in the dark of the asi, she slyly dipped herhand into the cinders and ashes of the fireplace and rubbedit over his face, saying, "Your face is cold; you must have suffered from the wind," and pretending to be very sorry forhim, but he did not know that she had ashes on her hand. Aftera while he left her and went away again.

The next night when the Moon came up in the sky hisface was covered with spots, and then his sister knew he was the one who had been coming to see her. He was so much ashamed to have her know it that he dept as far away as hecould at the other end of the sky all the night. Ever since he tries to keep a long way behind the Sun, and when he doessometimes have to come near her in the west he makes himselfas thin as a ribbon so that he can hardly be seen.

Some old people say that the moon is a ball which was thrown up against the sky in a game a long time ago. They saythattwo towns were playing against each other, but one of themhad the best runners and had almost won the game, when theleader of the other side picked and tried to throw it to the goal, but it struck against the solid sky vault and was fastenedthere, to remind players never to cheat. When the moon lookssmall and pale it is because some one has handled the ballunfairly, and for this reason they formerly played only at thetime of a full moon.

When the sun or moon is eclipsed it is because a greatfrog up in the sky is trying to swallow it. Everybody knows this, even the Creeks and the other tribes, and in the olden times,eighty or a hundred years ago, before the great medicine men were all dead, whenever they saw the sun grow dark the peoplewould come together and fire guns and beat the drum, and in a little while this would frighten off the great frog and thesun would be allright again.

The common people call both Sun and Moon Nunda, onebeing "Nunda that dwells in the day" and the other "Nunda thatdwells in the night," but the priests call the Sun Su'talidihi,"Six-killer," and the Moon Ge'yagu'ga, though nobody knowsnow what this word means, or why they use these names. Some-times people ask the Moon not to let it rain or snow.

The great Thunder and his sons, the two Thunder boys,live far in the west above the sky vault. The lightning and the rainbow are their beautiful dress. The priests pray to theThunder and call him the Red Man, because that is the brightestcolor of his dress. There are other Thunders that live lowerdown, in the cliffs and mountains, and under waterfalls, and travel on invisible bridges from one high peak to another wherethey have their town houses. The great Thunders abovethe sky are kind and helpful when we pray to them, but these others are always plotting mischief. One must not point at the rain-bow, or one's finger will swell at the lower joint.

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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