The Cherokee Legend of The First Strawberries...from your Murphy, NC Realtors

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The Cherokee Indian Legend of The First Strawberries

Mountain Living TeamIn the beginning of the world, ga lv la di e hi created First Man and First Woman. Together they built a lodge at the edge of a dense forest. They were very happy together; but like all humans do at times, they began to argue.

Finally First Woman became so angry she said she was leaving and never coming back. At that moment First Man really didn't care. First Woman started walking westward down the path through the forest. She never looked back.

As the day grew later, First Man began to worry. At last he started down the same path in search of his wife. The Sun looked down on First Man and took pity on him. The Sun asked First Man if he was still angry with First Woman. First Man said he was not angry any more. The Sun asked if he would like to have First Woman back. Fist Man readily agreed he did.

The Sun found First Woman still walking down the path toward the West. So to entice her to stop, the Sun caused to grow beneath her feet lovely blueberries. The blueberries were large and ripe. First Woman paid no attention but kept walking down the path toward the West.

Further down the path the Sun caused to grow some luscious blackberries. TheMountain Living Team berries were very black and plump. First Woman looked neither left nor right but kept walking down the path toward the West.

At last the Sun caused to grow a plant that had never grown on the earth before. The plant covered the ground in front of First Woman. Suddenly she became aware of a fragrance she had never known. Stopping she looked down at her feet. Growing in the path was a plant with shiny green leaves, lovely white flowers with the largest most luscious red berries she had ever seen. First Woman stopped to pick one. Hmmm…she had never tasted anything quite like it! It was so sweet.

As First Woman ate the berry, the anger she felt began to fade away. She thought again of her husband and how they had parted in anger. She missed him and wanted to return home.

First Woman began to gather some of the berries. When she had all she could carry, she turned toward the East and started back down the path. Soon she met First Man. Together they shared the berries, and then hand in hand, they walked back to their lodge.

The Cherokee word for strawberry is ani. The rich bottomlands of the old Cherokee country were noted for their abundance of strawberries and other wild fruits. Even today, strawberries are often kept in Cherokee homes. They remind us not to argue and are a symbol of good luck.

Learn these other featured Cherokee Legends:

The Legend of Hanging Dog in Murphy, NC

The Legend of the Cherokee Rose

How The Red Bird Got His Color

 Grandmother Spider Steals the Sun


Retold by Barbara Shining Woman Warren


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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Great post on the Cherokee legend...I love strawberries and almost always have them in the house.  Well, I am part Cherokee.  My grandmother was full cherokee. Enjoyed this post immensely!!

Jul 28, 2010 08:30 AM #1
SarahGray Lamm
Allen Tate Realtors Chapel Hill, NC 919-819-8199 - Chapel Hill, NC
Realtor - 100K Hours of NC Real Estate Experience

Lee & Carol, I LOVE your series on Cherokee legends! What a unique and interesting way to share your local history!

Jul 28, 2010 11:47 AM #2
Stephanie Reynolds
Integrity First Financial Group, Inc. - Santee, CA
East County San Diego Homes 619-838-4408

This is a great story! My husband and I just started a window box full of strawberry plants! We have already shared some of the teeny tiny strawberries. I shared this story with him and we will now love our strawberries even more!

Jul 28, 2010 03:25 PM #3
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market

Another great Indian legend, Carol.  Beautiful stories they have.

Jul 28, 2010 04:57 PM #4
Mary Douglas
United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado - Red Feather Lakes, CO
REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado

Hi Carol, I love this story.  I will have to copy it and put it in the kids scrapbooks, so they will know.  I think I have already told you my husband is 1/2 Cherokee, but even he does not know the stories.  Thank you for sharing this.

Jul 28, 2010 07:03 PM #5
Kathryn Acciari
Cameron Real Estate Group - Shrewsbury, MA
RSPS, SRS, REALTOR(R) Sturbridge-Shrewsbury MA

What a wonderful story, with great insight into human nature. Quite a sharp contrast to the story about first woman who tempted first man with an apple! 

Aug 04, 2010 12:44 AM #6
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