THE BRIDE FROM THE SOUTH
The North went traveling, and after going far and meeting many different tribes
he finally fell in love with the daughter of the South and wanted to marry her.
The girl was willing, but her parents objected and said, “Ever since you came the
weather has been cold, and if you stay here we may all freeze to death.” The
North pleaded hard, and said that if they would let him have their daughter he
would take her back to his own country, so at last they consented. They were
married and he took his bride to his own country, and when she arrived there she
found the people all living in ice houses.
The next day, when the sun rose, the houses began to leak, and as it climbed
higher they began to melt, and it grew warmer and warmer, until finally the
people came to the young husband and told him he must send his wife home
again, or the weather would get so warm that the whole settlement would be
melted. He loved his wife and so held out as long as he could, but as the sun
grew hotter the people were more urgent, and at last he had to send her home to
The people said that as she had been born in the South, and nourished all her life
upon food that grew in the same climate, her whole nature was warm and unfit
for the North.
Myths of the Cherokee, James Mooney