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Monday, February 23, 2015

Cherokee~ How the Deer got his Horns

How the Deer got his Horns

A Cherokee Legend

In the beginning the Deer had no horns, but his head was smooth
just like a doe's. He was a great runner and the Rabbit was a great
jumper, and the animals were all curious to know which could go
farther in the same time.

They talked about it a good deal, and at last arranged a match
between the two, and made a nice large pair of antlers for a prize
to the winner.

They were to start together from one side of a thicket and go through
it, then turn and come back, and the one who came out first was
to get the horns.

On the day fixed all the animals were there, with the antlers put
down on the ground at the edge of the thicket to mark the starting
point. While everybody was admiring the horns the Rabbit said: "I
don't know this part of the country; I want to take a look through
the bushes where I am to run."

They thought that all right, so the Rabbit went into the thicket,
but he was gone so long that at last the animals suspected he must
be up to one of his tricks. They sent a messenger to look for him,
and away in the middle of the thicket he found the Rabbit gnawing
down the bushes and pulling them away until he had a road cleared
nearly to the other side.

The messenger turned around quietly and came back and told the
other animals. When the Rabbit came out at last they accused him
of cheating, but he denied it until they went into the thicket and
found the cleared road. They agreed that such a trickster had no
right to enter the race at all, so they gave the horns to the Deer,
who was admitted to be the best runner, and he has worn them ever

They told the Rabbit that as he was so fond of cutting down bushes
he might do that for a living hereafter, and so he does to this

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