A Tslagi (cherokee) Story
Posted 05 June 2009 - 12:02 AM
CHIPMUNK & BEAR
This is what I was told as a boy.....Long ago when animals could talk, a bear was walking along through the forest. Now it has always been said that bears think very highly of themselves. Since they are big and strong, they are quite certain that they are the most important of all the animals.
As this bear went along, turning over big logs with his paws to look for food to eat, he felt very sure of himself. "There is nothing I cannot do," said this bear out loud.
"Is that so?" answered a small meek little voice. Bear looked down. There was a little chipmunk looking back up at Bear from its hole in the ground.
"Yes," Bear said, "that is true indeed." He reached out with one huge paw and rolled over a big log. "Look at how easily I can do this. I am the strongest of all the animals. I can do anything. All the other animals fear me!"
"Can you stop the sun from rising in the morning?" asked the Chipmunk.
Bear thought for a moment. "Hmmm, I have never tried that," he said. "But yes, I am sure I could stop the sun from rising."
"You are sure?" asked Chipmunk.
"Did you not hear me? Yes, I am very sure," said Bear. "Tomorrow morning the sun will not rise. I, Bear, have said so!" Bear then sat down facing the east to wait.
Behind him the sun set for the night......and still he sat there. The chipmunk went into its hole and curled up in its snug little nest, chuckling about how foolish Bear was. All through the night Bear sat. Finally the first birds started their songs and the east glowed with the light which comes before the sun.
"The sun will not rise today," said Bear. He stared hard at the glowing light. "The sun will not rise today!!!"
However, of course the sun rose anyway, just as it always had. Bear was very upset, but Chipmunk was delighted. He laughed and laughed. "Sun is stronger than Bear," said the chipmunk, twittering with laughter. Chipmunk was so amused that he came out of his hole and began running around in circles, dancing and singing this song:
"The sun came up,
The sun came up.
Bear is angry,
But the sun came up!"
While Bear sat there looking very unhappy, Chipmunk ran around and around, singing and laughing until he was so weak that he rolled over on his back exhausted. Then, quicker than the leap of a fish from a stream, Bear shot out one big paw and pinned Chipmunk to the ground.
"Perhaps I cannot stop the sun from rising," said Bear, "but I can sure stop you from seeing another sunrise!"
'Oh, Bear," said the chipmunk. "oh, oh, oh, you are the strongest, you are the quickest, you are the best of all of the animals. I was only joking." But Bear did not move his paw.
"Oh, Bear," Chipmunk said, "you are right to kill me, I deserve to die. Just please let me say one last prayer to Creator before you eat me. Please?"
"Say your prayer quickly," said Bear. "Your time to walk the Sky Road has come!"
"Oh, Bear," said Chipmunk, "I would like to die. But you are pressing down on me so hard I cannot breathe. I can hardly squeak. I do not have enough breath to say a prayer, but if you would just lift your paw a little, just a little bit, then I could breathe, and I could say my last prayer to the Maker of all things, to the One who made great, wise, and powerful Bear and the foolish, weak, little Chipmunk.
"Bear lifted up his paw. He lifted it just a little bit. But that little bit, though, was more than enough. Chipmunk squirmed free and ran for his hole as quickly as the blinking of an eye. Bear swung his paw at the little chipmunk as it darted away. He was not quite quick enough to catch him, but the very tips of his long claws scraped along Chipmunk's back leaving three pale scars.
To this very day, all chipmunks wear those scars as a reminder to them of what happens when one animal makes fun of another....So says Spirit Hawk ^i^
Posted 05 June 2009 - 04:33 AM
Funny, several years ago my wife & I decided to drop cable TV and just occassionly rent "family appropriate" movies since it seemed that all that was on was pretty much worthless anyways.....we went about five years without but relented when Seth got to attend COAGS and it aired on The Bushnell Outdoors show courtesy of Dave Watson.(It was amazing how much more time we had to do things) Lately it seems that the menu is either the nightly "adoration or controveries" surrounding Obama, overblown reality shows, excessively violent shows, etc.....so we're on the verge of dropping cable again. I believe that the folks of centuries past had a much better system of gathering around campfires to share stories, history, insight with each other. I've found few things more pleasurable than having a hot cup of Joe on a chilly morning or evening around a warm campfire and lots of social sharing with good friends.
Edited by Phil, 05 June 2009 - 04:37 AM.
Posted 05 June 2009 - 09:31 AM
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