Star Maiden (Cherokee "Principal People." Maiden)
Waupee the White Hawk (Tribe) lived in a deep forest where animals and birds were abundant. Each day he returned from the chase well rewarded, for he was one of the most skilful hunters of his (White Hawk) tribe. No part of the forest was too dark for him to penetrate, and there was no track he could not follow.
One day he went beyond any point he had visited before, through an open bit of forest which enabled him to see a great distance (Forest ends Prairie begins) (Where the Ohio meets the Mississippi). Light breaking through showed that he was on the edge of a wide plain covered with grass. He walked here for some time without a path, then suddenly came to a ring worn down in the earth as if made by footsteps following a circle. What excited him was the fact that there was no path leading into the ring or away from it. He could find no trace of footsteps in any crushed leaf or broken twig.
Waupee thought he would hide and watch to see, if he could, what had made the circle. Very soon he heard faint sounds of music. He looked up and saw a small something (Canoe) descending (Coming) to earth (Heaven is East Earth is West). From a mere speck it grew bigger and the music became stronger and sweeter. He beheld a basket (Basket we call the Birch Bark Canoe we make baskets out of them too canoe is just a big basket) in which rode twelve beautiful maidens.
As soon as the basket touched the ground (came a shore), the girls leaped out. They began to dance round the magic ring (Like a crop circle in grass dance circle and as they dance the make drsigns in the grass) , striking a shining ball (a bell, painted shell with rocks in it a rattle of some sort) as they flitted past. Waupee gazed upon their graceful movements. He admired them all, but most of all the youngest. Unable to restrain his admiration, suddenly he rushed out of his hiding place and tried to seize her. But the sisters, quick as birds, as soon as they saw him leaped into the basket and rose up into the sky. (They head up river in the Canoe)
Waupee gazed till he could see them no more. "They are gone, and I shall not see them again," he sighed. Filled with a deep sadness he returned to his lonely lodge. His mind could not rest. Hunting, his favorite sport, he could no longer enjoy, nor the companionship around the fire at night with the storytellers, nor the admiration of the girls of his tribe.
The next day Waupee returned to the prairie (I was right was prairie) to wait near the ring. This time, in order to deceive the sisters, he assumed the form of an opossum (He hid under an animal skin and was very quite). The basket (Canoe) again floated down, to the centre of the magic ring, and once more he heard the sweet music. The maidens leaped out and began their sportive dancing. They seemed to Waupee to be even more beautiful and graceful this time.
In his disguise (under the animal skin), Waupee crept slowly through the grass towards the ring, but the instant he appeared, ready to seize the youngest, the sisters sprang together into their basket (Canoe). It rose (went east), but when it was only a short distance off the ground, Waupee heard one of the older girls speak. "Perhaps," she said, "it came to show us how our game is played on earth (In the west)."
"Oh, no!" replied the youngest, "Quick, let us ascend (Go up river)."
Once more the basket floated upward (Upsrteam) (East) out of sight.
Waupee returned to his own form (took off the Animal skin Camo) and walked sorrowfully back to his lodge. The night seemed long, and back to the plain he went early the next day. How could he secure that lovely maiden? While he pondered, he noticed an old stump of a tree near by in which mice were running about. He brought the stump over near the ring. "So small a creature would not cause alarm," he thought, and thereupon he turned himself into a mouse. (Hid in a hollow log like a mouse)
The sisters floated down (West) and took up their game. "But, look," cried the youngest. "That stump was not there yesterday." Frightened, she ran to the basket (Canoe). The others, however, only smiled and gathered around it. When they struck at it playfully, the mice ran out, Waupee among them. The girls killed all but one, which was pursued by the youngest sister. Just as she raised her stick to kill it, Waupee rose (Hopped out of the hollow log) and clasped her in his arms. Her eleven sisters sprang quickly into their basket (Canoe) and rose up into the sky.(Paddled up river to the east)
Waupee displayed all his skills, to please his bride and win her affection. As he wiped away her tears, he praised the way of life on earth (West). He was determined to make her forget her sisters. From the moment she entered his lodge with him, he was one of the happiest of men.
Winter and summer passed away and the girl found she loved this young hunter. Their happiness was greater when a beautiful boy was born to them.
But Waupee's wife was a daughter of one of the stars(Beautiful as a star or perhaps a princess of the star tribe) and she longed to visit her old home. While Waupee was hunting she managed to make a wicker basket, secretly, in the middle of the magic ring.
When it was finished she collected rarities, including special foods from earth, to please her father. With these she went one day when Waupee was away, taking her little son with her into the charmed ring. As soon as they had climbed into the basket (Canoe), she began to sing and the basket rose (Paddles the Canoe up the Ohio River to the east).
The wind carried her song to her husband's ear (He was down wind). He recognized her voice and ran at once to the prairie. But he could not reach the ring before his wife and child were ascending Leaving up River). He called and called after them, but they did not heed his appeals. Waupee could only watch the basket(Canoe) until it was a small speck and finally vanished in the sky (East). In utter grief, he lay down on the ground.
Through a long winter and a long summer, Waupee bewailed his loss and could find no relief. He mourned for his wife and even more for his son.
In the meantime Waupee's wife had reached her home among the stars (Cherokee) and almost forgot that she had left a husband on earth (In the west). The presence of her son reminded her, however, for as he grew up he began to wish to visit his father. One day his grandfather, who was the Star Chief (tribal but probably Head Chief of the Chreokee), said to his daughter, "Go, take your son to see his father, and ask him to come to live with us. Tell him to bring with him one of each kind of bird and animal he kills in the chase."
Accordingly, Waupee's wife took the boy and descended to earth (Paddled to the west down river). Waupee, who was never far from the enchanted circle, heard her voice as she came down from the sky (east). His heart beat with impatience as he saw her and his son, and he soon had them in his arms.
His wife gave him her father's message and Waupee began at once to hunt. Whole nights as well as days he searched for every beautiful or curiously different bird and animal. He took only a tail, foot, or wing--enough to identify each. When all was ready, he went with his wife and child to the circle and they floated up (Paddled up river).
Great joy greeted their arrival in the starry world (Cherokee Lands). The Star (Cherokee) Chief invited all his people to a feast. When they were together, he announced that each might take one of the earthly (Western) gifts, whichever was most admired. Some chose a foot, some a wing, some a tail, and some a claw. Those who selected a tail or claw became animals and ran off (Acted like the animal they selected and ran off and played). The others assumed the form of birds (Flapped their arms) and flew away (Pretened to fly around). Waupee chose a white hawk's feather and his wife and son followed his example (they chose his tribal symbol the white hawk feather to show thier acceptance). All three now became white hawks (No longer Cherokee the became Shawnee) and spread their great wings Raised their arms with the frather to show their decision to leave). They descended with the other birds (White Hawk Tribes people) down to earth, where they may still be found. (And the Shawnee Hawk Tribe live there today)
Note: Shaawaki (Shaw aki or Shah of the Aki, this man would have been The Grand Chief of all The Algonkin speaking nations in the South if not perhaps of all the Aki Peoples in North America making him The Kluscap of his day)
This is just one example of history being lost in Myth. Its just one man who finds love with a beautiful Cherokee Maiden who was torn between her tribe and her Love. and in the end their lover wins. Is this reality not better than a space ship full of women and people turning into animals. Indian Legends are not rocket science they are stories of people lives who walked this way. And the greatest story of their life and epic love gets lost in an alien spaceship tale. That is literary genoside in my mind. Not bad enough to kill the man must we kill the memory? Discussing the meaning of this serves no purpose. Its like discussing what the rabit really thought when the turtle won. WHO CARES! it adds nothing of value to the Fable They were not real. Discussing the Fable and missing the moral defeats the purpose. Like discussing if Darth Vader was really in love with Frodo I know different movie but does it matter they are not real.
Wapee and Star Maiden were real. If I had to guess this would be a story about a great treaty between The Cherokee Chief and Kluscap Waupee Shaawaki Ruler of the Aki.
I don't look for believers (Belly Eve) All I can do is stick an arrow in the ground to cast a shadow to the west. You must find the path or not.