Jun 262014
 

Part 1:  The Wild Boy

[from Myths of the Cherokee, by James Mooney]

When I was a boy this is what the old men told me they had heard when they were boys.

Jun 192014
 

Lightning_hits_treeIn the beginning there was no fire, and the world was cold, until the Thunders (Ani’-Hyûñ’tïkwälâ’skï), who lived up in Gälûñ’lätï, sent their lightning and put fire into the bottom of a hollow sycamore tree which grew on an island. The animals knew it was there, because they could see the smoke coming out at the top, but they could not get to it on account of the water, so they held a council to decide what to do. This was a long time ago.

May 312012
 

from Myths of the Cherokee and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees by James Mooney

The earth is a great island floating in a sea of water, and suspended at each of the four cardinal points by a cord hanging down from the sky vault, which is of solid rock. When the world grows old and worn out, the people will die and the cords will break and let the earth sink down into the ocean, and all will be water again. The Indians are afraid of this.

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