I stumbled upon a wonderful old Paiute Indian legend earlier today which kind of reminded me of my latest cross-stitch, created whilst marathon watching Prison Break this weekend! The Paiutes tell a story about a bright star that can be seen low down in the eastern sky on summer mornings, a star we have come to know as Sirius, in the constellation Canis Major.
Their legends tell of a young man who was inexperienced in the art of hunting and so became the laughing stock of his village. One morning he heads off into the hills to hunt but with no bow and arrow he decides his only option is to run the deer down. He spots a large buck in a clearing and runs after it, over land, hills and desert until there was nowhere left to run but over the rim of the world and up into the sky. Since that time the Paiutes say that the best deer hunting is to be had when the 'deer-star' can be seen.
Quite fitting don't you think?