| Spearfinger (a Cherokee Tale)

Posted by admin at 2005, October 16, 11:39 PM
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Spearfinger, once upon a time, could appear in any shape she wished. She was a master of disguise. However, beneath her disguises, she was a stone monster whom no one could harm.

She was most dangerous in the autumn, for then she could walk out of the mountains hidden in smoke from bonfires. One day, late in October, out of that smoke she appeared to a group of children, disguised as an old woman.

The children saw only an old woman, and they offered her a seat. Then she smiled at a little girl. "Sit on my lap, and I will brush your hair," she said. The innocent girl sat upon her lap and then, with her special stone finger, Spearfinger stabbed the child's side. The girl never felt a thing.

Later the girl walked home, and that night she grew very sick. Then the villagers knew. Spearfinger had struck again.

Month after month, year after year, she struck at the children. ㄑてwWW.fAIRY-talE。InFOСМて♀ㄤ

Eventually, the people called a grand council. "We must stop her," they agreed, and the medicine men spoke.

"Here is how to catch Spearfinger. We will dig a pit, cover it, and lure her into our trap. Afterwards, we will find a way to get rid of her forever."

Then they made a huge bonfire, and when Spearfinger saw the smoke, she came down into the village and chased the young men right to the trap. Just as the medicine men had planned, she did not see the pit, and so she fell in.

"Now what do we do?" the people wailed.

That's when the chickadee came. It flew to the witch's hand, and there it sang.

So the people fired at that hand, and true enough, that was where Spearfinger's heart was.

The people watched as Spearfinger sank to the ground, dead at last.

Today the Cherokee still honor the chickadee, calling it "tsi kilili," or truth-teller.

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