Why the Opossum Looks Ashamed
A Creek Legend
One time an Opossum got very hungry. He went about the world hunting
something to eat. At last he looked up into a tree and saw some big balls
hanging low down on the limbs. They looked so fine that he danced around the
tree for joy.
After his dance he jumped up and caught one of the balls and mashed it in
his mouth. It was very bitter, for it was an oak ball. He felt so bad that
he crawled away, lay down, and made out that he was dead.
Whenever anyone comes where he is, he remembers his mistake and feels
ashamed of having been so badly deceived.
Source: Myths and Tales of the Southeastern Indians, By John R. Swanton,
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