The CHEROKEE PEOPLE tell a story about our younger world,
when animals and humans communicated freely and easily.
There was peace between them
until humans invented the bow and arrow
and began killing the animals for food and skins.
The animal kingdom became very concerned
about being wiped out completely and held a meeting.
The bears were especially angry
and vowed they'd fight back in the same way,
but that just wasn't possible.
A little deer named AWI USDI had an idea
to visit humans as they slept
as that was the safest way to get them to understand
without risking anyone's life.
So, that's what AWI USDI did.
He whispered into the Hunters ears as they slept
and told them:
Whenever you wish to kill one of us
you must prepare ceremoniously.
You must ask permission to kill one of us.
After you kill one of us,
you must show respect for our Spirit
and ask for our pardon.
If you do not do this,
then you will be cursed with crippled limbs
and you won't be able to shoot your bow and arrow anymore.
The Hunters awoke; some remembering the little deer
as if it were a dream.
Others were certain he had really visited them.
Most honoured the request
and only hunted when food and clothes were needed,
and behaved with respect to their kill.
The Hunters who did not
were crippled with Rheumatism.