Rabbit Kills Alligator

Rabbit Kills Alligator

The animals once had a chief who let each choose the kind of food it wished to live on. Squirrel chose acorns. Possum, Raccon, and Fox, chose persimmons, the birds, grapes, etc. Rabbit looked up into a sycamore tree and saw a lot of balls hanging there, which he chose to be his food. Then he sat under the tree waiting for the balls to fall. Everytime one would fall it scattered before it reached the ground. After sitting under the tree for a long time, he became hungry. He went to the chief to get something else.

The chief told him that if he gave him something he liked he would give Rabbit something he liked. He went away and came to where Alligator lived. Rabbit called out and the Alligator came out. Alligator said,:What is it? They want you to hew out a forked post. Who does?" said Alligator. "The chief" replied Rabbit. "All right then I must go." So Alligator and Rabbit walked on and when they got near home the Rabbit hit Alligator but, it did not kill him. The Alligator ran off. Rabbit then went to the chief and said he could not find anything for him."I will not give you anything untill you bring me something," said the chief.

So Rabbit went off again and killed a fawn, wrapped the fur around himself and started off for the Alligators home. He shouted out, and Alligator said, "What is it?" The chief wants you to hew out a forked post," said Rabbit. "That is what they always tell me, I do not want to go for they always thump me on the head." "Who treats you like that?" Asked the Rabbit, hiding in the fawns fur. "Rabbit hit me on the head." "Rabbit has no sense I don't know why they sent him. I am all right." "I guess I can go," said Alligator. The two started back. When they got close to where the chief lived, Rabbit asked, "Where is it that would kill you if he had hit the right spot?" Alligator said, "If they had hit me on the back they would have killed me."

After they had gone on a little farther Rabbit picked up a club, hit Alligator on the back and killed him. Then he took off the fawn's fur and picked up Alligator and carried it to the chief. "Things of that kind are not to eat," said the chief. "Go where the old women have planted gardens and pilfer them, and let the dogs chase you through the brush," said the chief. Then he wistled to the dogs so they would chase Rabbit, and said, That is the place where you will act like you have been killed"  This is why Rabbit came to be such a lover of beans and why he lives as he does, and the dogs chase him about because he was such a story teller.