They were successful as farmers and did well growing corn. Hunting and fishing were also sources of food.
Their religion was far too complex to cover here but they did believe in a Supreme Being whom they addressed as "Lord Above" or "Lord of the Sky."
The first contact with the white man was in a clash with De Soto's exploratory teams and a band of Caddo in 1541 in Arkansas. As time passed they were able to negotiate comparatively favorable treaties for themselves.
Today's legend features an orphan, a heroic character in many stories, some magic, and a great reward for the orphan. You can compare it with the Iroquois legend, How the Fairies Worked Magic, and see the similarities.
The Tale of Evening Star and Orphan Star
The boy wandered about the island, eating only the scraps that he could find around the dead camp fires, until he was almost starved. As he did not have a bow and arrows, he could not hunt, but he sat by the water’s edge and tried to catch fish as they swam past him. One day as he sat on the lonely shore he saw a large animal with horns coming to him through the water. He sat very still and watched the animal, for he was too frightened to run away.
The boy was no longer afraid, but climbed upon the animal’s back. “Keep your eyes on the blue sky, and if you see a star tell me at once,” the animal said to him. They had not gone far when the boy cried, “There in the west is a big star.” The monster looked up and saw the star, then turned around at once and swam back to the island as fast as he could.
The next day he came and took the boy again, telling him, as before, to call out the moment that he saw a star appear in the sky. They had gone a little farther than they had the day before when the boy cried out, “There in the west is a star.” The animal turned around and went to the shore. The next day and the next four days he started with the boy, and each time he succeeded in getting a little farther before the boy saw the star.
The sixth time they were within a few feet of the opposite shore when the boy saw the star. He wanted to reach the shore so badly that he thought he would keep still and not tell the monster that he saw the star, for he knew that he would take him back to the island at once if he did. He said nothing, and so the monster swam on until they were almost in shallow water, when the boy saw a great black cloud roll in front of the star. He became frightened and jumped off of the animal’s back and swam to the shore.
In return for what you have done, I will take you with me to the sky, if you care to go.” The boy said that he wanted to go, as he was alone and friendless upon the earth. The man, who was Evening-Star, took him with him to the sky, and there he may be seen as Orphan-Star who stands near Evening-Star.
Thank you for dropping by and taking a few minutes to read this Native American legend. I would appreciate knowing what your thoughts are on it, thank you and have a wonderful day.
✿ڰۣ❤In Loving Light from the Fairy Lady❤ڰۣ✿