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The Origins of Strawberries, in Cherokee Myth
Star Tribune ^ | May 29, 2013 | Jo Marshall

Posted on 06/03/2013 3:50:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway

According to one legend, the berry has been a force of nature since the beginning of time.

The Cherokees have a creation myth that connects human harmony and the configuration of heaven and Earth to the sight of a single strawberry. The cosmic details are murky. But the culinary message is clear. Abbreviated, it goes like this:

First Man and First Woman (think Cherokee Adam and Eve) have a blowout argument, after which First Woman proclaims: “You are lazy and pay no attention to me. I am going to find another place to live.” With that, she harrumphs off with that indignant, power-walker briskness achieved only by angry women.

First Man feels remorse. He sets off to apologize, but can’t catch up. His legs are no match for her will. Desperate, he beseeches the Creator: “Please, slow her down so I can tell her how much I love her.”

Moved by First Man’s anguish, the Creator sets temptations in First Woman’s path. He tries gooseberries. He tries huckleberries. He tries blackberries. But First Woman pays them no attention, and proceeds at her frantic clip.

Finally, the Creator turns to his own garden and plucks the berry of the Heavens. He sets Earth’s first strawberry plant at First Woman’s feet. Miraculously, it blooms and bears fruit.

First Woman stops dead in her tracks. She’s smitten by the graceful leaves, the lovely bloom, the heart-shaped fruit. She decides to pause for a single bite.

As she picks the first berry, more plants sprout around her. She tastes one strawberry. Then another, and another. As she plucks and feasts, her anger melts away.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Food; Religion
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; cherokee; godsgravesglyphs; strawberry

1 posted on 06/03/2013 3:50:17 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

I’ve heard some of the local Yurok’s traditional stories and they are interesting.


2 posted on 06/03/2013 3:55:49 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: nickcarraway
You can't tell one berry from another without an eye chart!


3 posted on 06/03/2013 4:02:54 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

And you believed in the tooth fairy, too.


4 posted on 06/03/2013 4:10:48 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

I didn’t say I necessarily believed to them , I said they were interesting.


5 posted on 06/03/2013 4:51:15 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I know...I’ve listened to them, too.


6 posted on 06/03/2013 4:53:28 PM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau; Lurkina.n.Learnin

In classical education, they taught Greek mythology. I don’t see why any other folklore should be different.


7 posted on 06/03/2013 4:57:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The ones I’ve heard had a pretty good point to the story. They had been handed down for generations. I don’t care if they were based on actual events or not.


8 posted on 06/03/2013 5:03:27 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (President Obma; The Slumlord of the Rentseekers)
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To: nickcarraway

Hand dip them in chocolate and she will really love you.


9 posted on 06/03/2013 5:20:31 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

True Origins of Pizza (Mockumentary)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiLA6Bk_ivs


10 posted on 06/03/2013 5:22:14 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

I’m convinced.

Darn that Marco Polo!


11 posted on 06/03/2013 5:28:40 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

lol!


12 posted on 06/03/2013 5:30:48 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

I LOVED the story, nickcarraway! Thanks for posting it.


13 posted on 06/03/2013 5:37:25 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks nickcarraway.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


14 posted on 06/03/2013 9:14:40 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: nickcarraway

Awwwww!!

Thanks for posting!


15 posted on 06/03/2013 9:19:47 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless America)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh, there are all sorts of interesting Cherokee legends. The great, monstrous bird-like creature Tlanuwha has always been striking. Impenetrable metal feathers. Mountain balds were cleared to combat the things. Sounds very much like the Thunderbird or Piasa Bird of other legend.


16 posted on 06/03/2013 9:26:35 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: nickcarraway

For what it’s worth, the Strawberry is the only plant with seeds on the outside of the fruit so, yes, it’s a pretty special plant!


17 posted on 06/03/2013 9:33:49 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: nickcarraway

Interesting, thanks for sharing.


18 posted on 06/03/2013 10:13:46 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: nickcarraway

It is now strawberry season in East Tennessee. We are fortunate to have an entrapraneur that grew his small farm into a mega enterprise producing tons of strawberries.

We eat them every day, sometimes twice a day. We know that too soon, they will be gone.

The favorite recipe:
Bake Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits, cut them in half, apply generous amount of butter and sugar, reheat until melted.

Cut strawberies in two or three, mash, apply sugar.

Put mashed strawberries and all the juice on the buttered sugared biscuits.

Eat


19 posted on 06/04/2013 4:54:42 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....Obama Denies Role in Government)
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To: BenLurkin
Hand dip them in chocolate and she will really love you.

Indeed...


20 posted on 06/04/2013 7:47:07 AM PDT by null and void (Republicans create the tools of opression, and the democrats gleefully use them!)
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To: null and void

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21 posted on 06/04/2013 12:47:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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