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The Owl Gets Married






Category: CHEROKEE TALES

Source: Indian Legends Retold

There was once a woman who had a marriageable daughter. Many men came
wooing, but the mother told the girl never to accept any but a skilled
hunter, who would keep the lodge well supplied with meat.

One evening the Owl called, in the shape of a handsome young man, and
asked the girl to be his wife.

"Are you a good hunter?" she asked.

He said that he was, and upon this she agreed to marry him.

On the day after the wedding, the bridegroom went forth to hunt, and
at night he returned with nothing but some scraps that the hunters had
thrown away. He excused himself by saying that he had had bad luck,
and the next morning he declared that he would try fishing instead.

When at evening he brought home only a worthless minnow or two, the
old lady advised her daughter to follow him quietly the next time and
see what he did. She did so and was horrified to see her husband turn
into a great Owl and fly to the top of a dead tree, where he sat
watching for some small fish that might be dropped by a Hawk or an
Eagle.

She went home in disgust, and presently he returned with a story of an
Owl which had driven away his game.

"I think you are the Owl," declared the young woman, and she turned
him out of doors.

The poor Owl went off by himself and pined away till he lost all his
flesh, and is now nothing more than a big head and a bundle of
feathers.





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