Star-maiden

North American - A fairy who came to earth in a basket. One such being married Algon, another married Cloud Carrier. In the story of Algon, he found a fairy-ring on the prairie and watched as twelve star-maidens descended from the sky in a basket and danced round the ring. He tried several times to catch the youngest star-maiden, without success, and finally turned himself into a mouse. When she tried to kill him, he returned to his normal form and carried her off. They married and had one son. Some years later, she made another wicker-basket and, taking the child with her, ascended to her home in the sky. When the boy was grown up, he asked to see his father so they came back to earth in the basket. Algon returned to the skies with them, taking parts of all the animals and birds with him. The star-people each took one of the fragments and became the animal or bird whose part they had chosen. Algon, his wife and son, all became falcons. On occassion, identified as Star-maiden.

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