Honey and Srawberries

In the beginning... there was first man and first woman. They discovered each
other and first man said you do not look like me, your arms are not strong you
do not run fast for hunting. First woman said, “You have no nurturing intuition,
what good are you?” They went their separate ways. First man thought of this
woman and thought to himself that she is pleasing to the eye and she has a gentle
nature, so he went to find her again. Along the way, he found a bee hive with lots
of honey. First woman was picking strawberries and thinking of this man. He would
be a  powerful hunter and a good provider. She went looking for him. When they
met she fed him strawberries and he fed her honey. When the time came and they
were wed, he brought her a jar of honey and she brought him strawberries. They
took the strawberres and mixed them with the honey and made an agreement that
when their words became angry and arrogant with each other, they would take this jar
out and each eat a strawberry with the honey so that their words would once again be
sweet as the honey and tender as the strawberry....  ~ Author unknown ~


Tsalagi Legend - Origin of Strawberries

Kanati (lucky hunter) and Selu (cornmother) lived together very happily for a long time,
but after awhile they began to quarrel, until at last the woman left her husband and
started off toward Nundagunyi, the Sun land, in the east. The man followed alone and
grieving, but the woman kept on steadily ahead and never looked behind, until Unelanunhi
took pity on him and asked him if he was still angry with his wife. He said he was not, and
Unelanunhi then asked him if he would like to have her back again, to which he eagerly
answered yes.

So Unelanunhi caused a patch of the finest ripe huckleberries to spring up along the path in
front of the woman, but she passed by without paying any attention to them. Farther on a
clump of blackberries was put out, but these also she refused to notice.Other fruits, one, two,
and three, and then some trees covered with beautiful red service berries, were placed beside
the path to tempt her, but she went on until suddenly she saw in front a patch of large
ripe strawberries, the first ever known.

She stooped to gather a few to eat, and as she picked them she chanced to turn her face to the
west, and at once the memory of her husband came back to her and she found herself unable
to go on. She sat down, but the longer she waited the stronger became her thoughts for her
husband, and at last she gathered a bunch of the finest berries and started back along the
path to give them to him. He met her kindly and they went home together.

The Cherokee word for strawberry is "a-ni." The rich bottom lands of the old Cherokee
country were noted for their abundance of strawberries and other wild fruits. Today
strawberries are often kept in Cherokee homes. They remind us not to argue and are a symbol
of good luck.