How Rabbit Tricked Otter and Other Cherokee Trickster Stories

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In this collection of Cherokee tales that have been passed down orally from generation to generation, storyteller Gayle Ross and artist Murv Jacob bring together for the first time the many sides of the trickster-hero Rabbit.

Available in paperback only.  How Rabbit Tricked Otter, by Gayle Ross, illustrations by Murv Jacob.  1994, 79 pages.

The time is long ago when animals did many of the things people do:  they organized towns, held meetings and dances, and made up games. Every animal had its own place. Each had a special job to do. Rabbit’s job was to be the messenger. He was swift and surefooted. He carried important news to his animal friends near and far. But Rabbit was also mischievous, and his cunning ways were always getting him into trouble.

In this collection of Cherokee tales that have been passed down orally from generation to generation, storyteller Gayle Ross and artist Murv Jacob bring together for the first time the many sides of the trickster-hero Rabbit, the most important character portrayed in the animal stories of the Cherokee culture. Rabbit tricks and is tricked: from stealing a powwow dancer’s mask to outsmarting flint. Sometimes he wins and sometimes he loses; sometimes he is lazy and mean, sometimes kind and caring, but somehow Rabbit always survives.

Together with Murv Jacob’s artful illustrations and a foreword by Chief Wilma Mankiller, Gayle Ross invites the reader to join in all Rabbit’s merry troublemaking.

Gayle Ross is a direct descendent of John Ross, the principal chief of the Cherokee nation during the infamous “Trail of Tears.” For years, Gayle Ross has told the stories of the Cherokee people at schools, colleges, and festivals across the United States and Canada, carrying on a family tradition begun by her grandmother. She has long wanted to gather the tribal stories of Rabbit.

Murv Jacob is a painter and pipemaker of Kentucky-Cherokee descent. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Grand Award at the Trail of Tears Art Show.

Publisher: Parabola Books
Culture Group: Cherokee