WHY OWLS HAVE BIG EYES
raweno- the everything maker, was busy creating various animals. he was working on the rabbit, and the
rabbit said: "i want nice long legs and ears like a deer, and sharp fangs and claws like a panther"
"i do them up they way they want to be , i give what they ask for!" said raweno
he was working on rabbithind legs, making them long, the way the rabbit ordered them.
owl, still unformed, was sitting on a tree branch nearby, and was waitng his turn. he was saying:
"whooo whooo, i want a nice long neck like a swan, and beautiful red feathers like the cardinal, and a nice
long beak like the egrets, and a nice plume like the heron. i want you to make me into the mostiful, the
fastest, most wonderful of all birds."
raweno said "be quiet, turn around and look the other way, even better close ur eyes, don't you know that
no one is allowed to watch me work?" raweno was just making the rabbit ears long, the way the rabbit had
well, the owl refused to do what raweno asked,
"whooo whooo" he replied, "nobody can forbide me to watch, nobody can order me to close my eyes, i like
watching you, and i will watch you!!"
then raweno became angry, he grabbed owl, pulling him down from his branch,stuffing his head dep into his
body, shaking him untill his eyes grew with fright, pulling his ears until they where sticking on the side of
"there" said raweno "that teach you. now you won't be able to crane your neckto watch things you
shouldn't, now you have big ears to listen to someone tells you what not to do, now you have big eyes-but
not so big that you can watch me, because you will be awake at nites, and i work by day. and ur feathers
will not be red like cardinals, but gray like this-" and raweno rubbed owl all over with mud as punishment for
his disobedience. so owl flew off" whooo whooo whooo" pouting
then raweno turn back to finish rabbit, but rabbit was terrified of raweno anger, even thou it was not directed
towards rabbit, that he ran off half done. as a consequence, only rabbit's hind legs are long, and he has to
hop about instead of walking and running. also because rabbit took fright, he remained fright and afraid of
everything, and he never got the claws and fangs as he asked for, had he not run away, he be a different
(story originated from IROQUOIS tribe.
story recorded and documented early 19th century.)
Iroquios where referred to as WE WHO ARE OF EXTENDED LODGE, they where not a tribal
group, but a allainace of tribes that dominated the vast area of stretching from the atlantic coast to lake
erie, and ontario down to south carolina. there league was formed in 1570. they where made up of the
following tribes, MOHAWK, ONEIDA,ONONDAGA,CAYUGA,SENECA.in 1715 the TUSCARORA joined
the league, and they where called league of 6 nations. they had formed a democratic tribal republic with
councils of elected officials. interesting footnote, the chiefs where elected by the child bearing age matrons
of the tribes, and they said they where savages ??!!