The Story Of The Milky Way


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The Story Of The Milky Way

  1. 1. The story of the Milky Way. <ul><li>( A Cherokee Anecdote.) </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Along time ago, when there was a lot of unanswered questions, it was custom to listen to the elders teach morals in the form of a story. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>In the beginning, when there was only one star in the sky and Grandma would stay up late doing all the traditional things that the woman of a tribe would do, such as tuck the little ones in, clean and prepare for the next days meal. </li></ul><ul><li>She noticed,”SOMEBODY HAS STOLEN SOME OF THE CORNMEAL OUT OF THE STORAGE!” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The next morning, Grandma asked all the little ones; “Who could have done such a thing?” </li></ul><ul><li>Of course, right away everyone said; </li></ul><ul><li>“ NOT ME!” </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Hmm, This was truly a mystery, Grandma thought. </li></ul><ul><li>Grandson! Grandma asked; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Tonight, you are going to camp out next to our storage and you will watch out for the thief who has been taking our cornmeal.” </li></ul><ul><li>The Grandson said; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Should I bring a weapon, Grandma?” </li></ul><ul><li>Grandma said;”No, we will plan together how to deal with this hungry creature of this planet!” </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>So, that night the brave young boy camped out. </li></ul><ul><li>And to his surprise, he saw something that he has never saw before! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Digging deep into the cornmeal storage and stealing was a glowing ahnimoosh! <ul><li>The Thief was a dog! </li></ul><ul><li>And it was made of what looked like stars! </li></ul><ul><li>The Grandson thought to himself;” How am I going to tell Grandma and the others?” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Grandma, Grandma! The grandson woke up everyone! <ul><li>He told everyone what he had seen that night and asked his grandma;”Is this dog a magic dog?” </li></ul><ul><li>Grandma said;” No, this dog is a spirit dog and may have great power! </li></ul>
  9. 9. We must be very careful tonight! Said; Grandma.” And bring all your drums and turtleshell rattles here! <ul><li>Now, listen said;”Grandma.” </li></ul><ul><li>Tonight we are going to wait for the spirit dog by the cornmeal bin and when we see it………….. </li></ul>
  10. 10. We will make a great noise!
  11. 11. So, after dark, they all went and waited, and waited, and waited.
  12. 12. Then suddenly, The great spirit dog appeared! <ul><li>Don’t be afraid! Said;”Grandma.” </li></ul><ul><li>Just wait until I say go and then………….. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Now! Shouted the Grandma! Then everyone shouted and played their drums and turtleshell rattles. <ul><li>And the spirit dog ran off into the woods and all the tribe chases the spirit dog into the dark. </li></ul>
  14. 14. With cornmeal falling out of its mouth, the spirit dog runs deep into the woods and on top of a hill and then..
  15. 15. The spirit dog leaps and runs across the sky! <ul><li>All the cornmeal that was in the spirit dogs mouth turned into a star and left behind a bright band of light across the night sky! </li></ul>
  16. 18. And that is how the cherokee explain the milky way in the form of a story!
  17. 19. <ul><li>Story wrote and illustrated by: </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross. </li></ul>