Sovereign Amonsoquath Band of Cherokee

ORIGIN OF STRAWBERRIES 



The Origin of the Strawberries

One of my favorite stories,

that Mary Chiltoskey used to tell,

is the story of the origin of the strawberries.

And she said that first man and woman were living together,

and they got mad at one another, and the man left.

No, the woman left, that's the way it was.

And went to live somewhere else.

The man began to miss her, so he prayed.

And God told him about the strawberries,

and told him he would line the trail along to where the woman

was staying,

and she would begin to eat the strawberries,

follow the trail of strawberries back to where he was at.

And they were reunited.

They say that's why the straawberries bloom so early in the spring,

they're the first berry,

they come out,

they were the first berry that man presented to woman,

to gain her affection, or regain her affection.

And all the old people

keep some strawberry preserves around

to remind them

and to keep peace in the house.

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