Another Tale By Grey Wolf

The Legend of The Cedar Tree
By

Grey Wolf
A long time ago when the Cherokee people were new upon the earth, they thought that life would be much better if there was never any night. They beseeched the Ouga (Creator) that it might be day all the time and that there would be no darkness.
The Creator heard their voices and made the night cease and it was day all the time. Soon, the forest was thick with heavy growth. It became difficult to walk and to find the path. The people toiled in the gardens many long hours trying to keep the weeds pulled from among the corn and other food plants. It got hot, very hot, and continued that way day after long day. The people began to find it difficult to sleep and became short tempered and argued among themselves.

Not many days had passed before the people realized they had made a mistake and, once again, they beseeched the Creator. “Please,” they said, “we have made a mistake in asking that it be day all the time. Now we think that it should be night all the time.” The Creator paused at this new request and thought that perhaps the people may be right even though all things were created in twos… representing to us day and night, life and death, good and evil, times of plenty and those times of famine. The Creator loved the people and decided to make it night all the time as they had asked.

The day ceased and night fell upon the earth. Soon, the crops stopped growing and it became very cold. The people spent much of their time gathering wood for the fires. They could not see to hunt meat and with no crops growing it was not long before the people were cold, weak, and very hungry. Many of the people died.

Those that remained still living gathered once again to beseech the Creator. “Help us Creator,” they cried! “We have made a terrible mistake. You had made the day and the night perfect, and as it should be, from the beginning. We ask that you forgive us and make the day and night as it was before.”

Once again the Creator listened to the request of the people. The day and the night became, as the people had asked, as it had been in the beginning. Each day was divided between light and darkness. The weather became more pleasant, and the crops began to grow again. Game was plentiful and the hunting was good. The people had plenty to eat and there was not much sickness. The people treated each other with compassion and respect. It was good to be alive. The people thanked the Creator for their life and for the food they had to eat.

The Creator accepted the gratitude of the people and was glad to see them smiling again. However, during the time of the long days of night, many of the people had died, and the Creator was sorry that they had perished because of the night. The Creator placed their spirits in a newly created tree. This tree was named a-tsi-na tlu-gv {ah-see-na loo-guh} cedar tree.

When you smell the aroma of the cedar tree or gaze upon it standing in the forest, remember that if you are Tsalagi {Cherokee}, you are looking upon your ancestor.

Tradition holds that the wood of the cedar tree holds powerful protective spirits for the Cherokee. Many carry a small piece of cedar wood in their medicine bags worn around the neck. It is also placed above the entrances to the house to protect against the entry of evil spirits. A traditional drum would be made from cedar wood.

Does the author believe this? Well, lets just say that there is a piece of cedar in my medicine pouch and I carry it always. The Creator did not make the people because of loneliness, but because the Creator wanted to show generosity and love to the people. Accept the blessings and the gifts given and always give thanks for them.

Grey Wolf

 

 

 

As Grey Wolf Told It

Two Wolves

I thought I’d share a story today.

Old grandfather said to his grandson who came to him with anger at a
friend who had done him an injustice ………
I too,at times,have felt a great hate for those that have taken so
much, with no sorrow for what they do.But hate wears you down,and does
not hurt your enemy. It is like taking poison and wishing your enemy
would die.
I have struggled with these feelings many times.

“It is as if there are two wolves inside me :
One is good and does no harm. He lives in Harmony with all around him
and does not take offense when no offense was intended. He will only
fight when it is right to do so, and in the right way. He saves all his
energy for the right fight.

But the other wolf,  Ahhhh!
He is full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of
temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no reason. He cannot think
because his anger and hate are so great.It is helpless anger, for his
anger will change nothing .
Sometimes it is hard to live with these two wolves inside me , for
both of them try to dominate my spirit.

The boy looked intently into his grandfathers eyes and asked……..
“Which one wins, Grandfather?”
The Grandfather smiled and quietly said……
“”The one I feed.”
Walk in Peace and Beauty
Grey Wolf

Nice Day Here

Well sun is just a shinning for a change. Cold though, as temperatures got down to around 28 last night with a white frost to wake up to.  Good for sleeping though.  Winds are out of the NW light.   Also calling for sunshine for tomorrow so might get to doing some outside work.   Got the old wood furnace going all day,  put in a few pieces of Ash this morning to get the house warmed up. Sure can tell the difference when you put a piece of that in.  One thing about living here in the country in the middle of no where it sure looks pretty.  I just can’t seem to get enough of it.   Talk soon.

That Time Of Year

Well it’s that time of year most of the things in my  garden has been dug and put away for winter.  I got most mine in a week ago but left the turnips and Brussel Sprouts to last.   I like them to have a touch of frost, seems to make them sweeter.  I have had a lot of folks ask me in the past week how to prepare them for winter. Some folks cover them with wax for myself I find that to much work and to costly.  That’s me though.   What I do is I dig them and then cut off the tops leaving about three or four inches of stem.  I also leave the roots with a touch of dirt on them. Just a few shakes after digging takes off what is necessary. No need to waste all the good earth in ones garden.  I then put them in my root cellar.  I try and keep it around the forty degree mark that seems to be the magic number for vegetables to keep for a few months.  Once in there they will keep most the winter but when they do start to get a wee bit soft my wife takes them, cuts them into quarters and blanches them.  Then puts them in meal size plastic bags and throws them in the freezer. No waste.   More Later.

Guess

Yep you guessed it. Rained here all day again. Oh well had a dry summer so the old trees and thing needs to store up for winter.  Reason for everything they say.   Temperatures got up to 45 today with winds out of the NW, light.   I had about four cords of white oak that I got from a good friend a couple years ago so put it in the basement for winter. I don’t know about that stuff as it just wouldn’t burn.  It was dry enough but just wouldn’t burn.  After burning firewood for heat for over fifty years never had such a thing. So I came up with a plan today. Went out to the wood shed and brought in my splitting ax and went to work. Managed to split the whole four cords so I got to tell  you there should be no problem now with burning it. Should be good enough for kindling, just kindin. On another note the leaves off all the hardwoods have pretty well had their day.  Sure was pretty this Fall taking them all in. One thing about up here we have about two scenes to take in. First the Maples come on with all their splendor, then the white birch and tamarack start loosing their leaves and needles.  I just can’t seem to get enough of it.     Talk Later.

Not A Bad Day.

Well had a pretty good day here for a change, weather wise. Temperatures got up to around 60 most the day. Also had sunshine for most the day too. Later in the afternoon I looked up in the sky and seen some Mares Tails,  which in other words is clouds that looks like a Mares Tail.   That is a sure sign that rain is on the way in the next 24 hours or so.  Also the old weathers stick is pointed down so another sign of rain.   One doesn’t really need to watch the weather on TV to find out what the weather will be if he or she just pays a bit of attention to the sky and different things around them.  Old ways but good ways.  Winds today were from the SW light. Also the moon was full the past day or so,  or almost,  so this time of year with the full moon the weather usually changes,  which is usually colder.   So far this year we have had around three good frosts.   Got the old wood furnace going here all day today  and it sure feels good.  Takes the dampness right out of the old bones.  Talk soon.

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