“How the Red Bird Got His Color” was written by a Native American that learned it from her older family members, tracing their blood back to the Cherokee tribe. This piece is about A Wolf that is bullied by a prankster raccoon. One day, the raccoon teased Wolf so much that he became angry and started to chase raccoon through the woods. Suddenly, the Raccoon came across a river but instead of crossing it, he climbed a tree nearby and waited for the wolf to catch up. When Wolf came to the river he saw Raccoon’s reflection and thought that Raccoon was in the water so Wolf jumped around in the water until he nearly drowned. He gave up and laid next to the river and fell asleep, while he slept the Raccoon climbed down the tree quietly and came up to Wolf. Raccoon decided to play the “Ultimate Prank” and rubbed mud all over the Wolf’s eyelids. Later when Wolf woke up he started to panic because he couldn’t see anything. He cried out for help until a little brown bird came and asked him what was wrong. When Wolf told him, he promised to take the brown bird to a magic rock that oozed the color red. So when Wolf could see again, he took the little brown bird to the magic rock and painted the bird’s wings red. The bird was so happy about his new color that he went around showing off. Which is why we see Red birds in the woods?
This Native American myth has characters that are animals, which is very common in most Native American Literature. By making the wolf the protagonist in this story really shows the ways that Native Americans were more inclusive with the earth when telling or writing myths. This brings me to the stories that we read in class, where the turtle tells other animals to help the falling women by putting dirt on his back.
Another Native American characteristic is how the story all leads up to a...