A Cherokee Legend

In the beginning, the people say, the Dog was put on the mountain and the Wolf beside the fire. When the winter came the Dog could not stand the cold, so he came down to the settlement and drove the Wolf from the fire.

The Wolf ran to the mountains, where it suited him so well that he prospered and increased, until after a while he ventured down again and killed some animals in the settlements.

The people got together and followed and killed him, but his brothers came from the mountains and took such revenge that ever since the people have been afraid to hurt a wolf.

NOTE: The Cherokee (/ˈtʃɛrəkiː/; Cherokee: ᏣᎳᎩ Tsalagi) are a Native American people historically settled in the Southeastern United States (principally Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and East Tennessee). They speak an Iroquoian language. In the 19th century, historians and ethnographers recorded their oral tradition that told of the tribe having migrated south in ancient times from the Great Lakes region, where other Iroquoian-speaking peoples were. They began to have contact with European traders in the 18th century. 

Responses to "The Wolf and the Dog (Cherokee Legend)"

  1. Dave says:

    I wish all people were afraid to hurt wolves.

  2. Skywater says:

    Most people do not feel the spirit of the wolf so they fear them. So to ease their fear they kill the wolf which is not the right thing to do. Fear has been installed in the Europeans by telling their children stories about the Big Bad Wolf and Red riding hood.

  3. Waya is very spiritual to us. To see waya is a Blessing.

  4. Unknown says:

    Wolf is my first spirit totem.. my loves

  5. kitty says:

    I so LOVE the Wolf.. I feel their SPIRIT. AS a Cherokee I'm learning more of my back ground all the time.. BUT the Wolf along with the eagle and the raven are at the top of my list

  6. The old Irish had respect for the wolf, unlike the rest of Europe. But the English invaders killed all the Irish wolves.. The wolf was called Mac Tire, Son of the country.

  7. Unknown says:

    Power off an side father and he said we need to protect them for the little ones that will bring back the America they would want to do it what's new at the hazard trash ran free

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