THE KATYDID’S WARNING
Two hunters camping in the woods were preparing supper one night when a
Katydid began singing near them. One of them said sneeringly, “Kû! It sings and
don’t know that it will die before the season ends.” The Katydid answered: “Kû!
niwĭ (onomatope); O, so you say; but you need not boast. You will die before to-
morrow night.” The next day they were surprised the enemy and the hunter
who had sneered at the Katydid was killed.
Myths of the Cherokee, James Mooney