The Seven Brothers


The Earth became smaller and dimmer beneath them...

When the world was new there was a giant hawk that lived in the same country as the Cherokees. The hawk had large eyes that let him see at night. Every night the giant hawk came to visit the mountains where the Cherokees lived but before daylight he would disappear again. Children were told not to cry at night because the hawk might hear them and carry them away.

Around harvest time in the Cherokee country the women of the village created a giant basket out of river cane to hold the corncobs that would be dried for the winter. There were seven brothers that lived in this village, all of them curious and did not mind too well. They knew that hawks liked to eat mice and that sometimes mice could be found among the cobs. They decided that they wanted to see the giant night-flying hawk for themselves and would use the basket of cobs, and themselves as the mice, to do it.

One night, when the rest of the people were asleep, the brothers pulled the giant basket from the storehouse into the main plaza of the village. They climbed inside, covered themselves with corncobs and waited. Sometime in the middle of the night they heard the soft whir of the wings. But instead of lighting, the hawk grabbed the basket in its giant claw and flew toward heaven. The brothers peaked out from the corn and saw the Earth become smaller and dimmer beneath them. They began to scream waking up the rest of the village. As the hawk flew higher into the darkened sky, one by one, the brothers jumped from the basket. But instead of landing on the Earth, the brothers stuck in the heavens where they jumped. They began to glow like the stars and they formed the Big Dipper. From that point on, in the Fall, when one looks North near the place where the Earth and Sky vault meet, one can see the seven brothers.



The Seven Brothers

6"H x 4"D

Medium: Hand coiled native clay. Pit fired.

US $250