Awiakta, Marilou. "Little Deer and Mother Earth." Videocassette. Telling Tales. KY Educational TV series of folktale programs, 1990. See http://www.ket.org/education for information on programs and videos. Teacher's Guide online (Part One, with Table of Contents; Part Two) contains summaries of each tale and discussion questions and activities. Awiakta "tells children the Cherokee Indian story of a time when humans and animals could talk to each other and lived in peace. After weapons were invented the animals had to figure out what to do. The bear clan tries to use weapons and fails. Then, Little Deer, head of the deer clan, proposes that human hunters ask the deer's spirit for forgiveness when they slay a deer."

Awiakta, Marilou. Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother's Wisdom. Golden, CO:  Fulcrum, 1993. A blend of story, essay, and poetry by a Cherokee/Appalachian poet, storyteller and essayist. "Following the Deer Trail" (pp. 26-33) discusses Awiakta's experience with the story of Little Deer, which is also mentioned later in the book.

Awiakta, Marilou. Abiding Appalachia: Where Mountain and Atom Meet. Memphis: Saint Luke's Press, 1978. Rpt. Bell Buckle, TN: Iris Press, 1995. 71 pp. Poetry that weaves together Cherokee history, the legend of Little Deer, memories of growing up in Oak Ridge (where the atom was split in the 1940s), and thoughts on family, society, and the land.

"Awi Usdi, The Little Deer." In Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac. Keepers of the Earth:  Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1988. "The Coming of Corn" is the other Cherokee tale from North Carolina in this collection.

"Awi Usdi, The Little Deer." In Joseph Bruchac, ed. Native American Stories. Illus. John Hakionhes Fadden. Golden, CO:  Fulcrum, 1991. Also includes "The Coming of Corn" another Cherokee tale from North Carolina.

Note: Books by Bruchac and Awiakta are recommended by Oyate.com, a web site that gives guidelines for evaluating books depicting Native American peoples and traditions.

Blevins, Wade. Legend of Little Deer. Cherokee Indian Legend Series. Prairie Grove, AR: Ozark Publishing, 1996. 49 pp. "A young Cherokee boy learning to hunt deer finds that the secret of life is to give all you can and to take only what you need" (WorldCat). Blevins is a young Oklahoma Cherokee man who learned traditional tales from

"Spirit of Little Deer." The Cherokee Nation. Traditional Stories. Provided by Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center, in official web site of the [western] Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, OK. 1998-2002. Other stories retold online (some with a picture) are "Origin of Disease and Medicine," "The Ballgame Between the Birds and the Animals," "The Legend of the Cherokee Rose" (about white roses growing along the Trail of Tears to give the mothers strength to survive), "Legend of the Wren," "Legend of the First Woman," "The Ice Man," "The Legend of the Corn Bead," "Why the Owl Has a Spotted Coat," "The Beginning/Legend of the Strawberries" and "How the Strawberries Came to Be,""River Cane Flute," "Anitsutsa—The Boys" (Origin of the Pleiades and the Pine).

See also:

"The Deer." Told by Edna Chekelelee. In Duncan, Barbara R., ed. Living Stories of the Cherokee. Chapel Hill: U of NC Press, 1998, pp. 129-30. Short comments on the Cherokee using all parts of the deer and wasting nothing. The stories are transcribed in this book in a free verse form that represents the storytellers' "rhythmic style."

Selu and Kanati - or - The Origin of Corn and Game

Appalachian Picture Book Bibliography: Cherokee Tales


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