Deerhunter

North American - Husband of White Corn Maiden. This young Tewa was the finest hunter in his village and fell in love with White Corn Maiden, the prettiest and most talented girl of his tribe. They married and became inseparable, neglecting everything so that they could be together. When White Corn Maiden died soon afterwards, Deerhunter was inconsolable and wandered the plains seeking her spirit. He found her, apparently unchanged, and persuaded her to return with him. Soon the smells and signs of death appeared and her husband was repelled, but she would not be parted from him and followed him wherever he went. Eventually a spirit in the form of a tall hunter with a huge bow appeared and told the couple that they had offended the gods by their behaviour. To ensure that they always remained together, he shot each of them into the heavens where they now appear as two stars, the smaller one forever following the other across the sky. Also commonly called Deerhunter, Ca-peen, Ca-peen, Ca'peen or Deer Hunter.

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