Kana'ti and Tsul'Kalu Before Completion Picture

Kana'ti and Tsul'Kalu, the hunting deities of the Cherokee pantheon.

Kana'ti "the lucky hunter" is married to Selu "corn". Corn is the staple of the Cherokee diet and has an agriculture goddess associated with it. It is debatable as to whether Kana-ti is the same as the Thunderer- the chief Cherokee thunder god. The chief Thunderer presides over creating thunder in the sky and shows goodwill towards mankind. The lesser thunderers live on mountain tops and in waterfalls, sources of thunderous activity- in both falling rocks and water. Both Kana-ti and the Thunderer have two sons. Kana-ti is the greatest hunter of them all. The home of Kana-ti and Selu is atop Pilot Knob in western North Carolina.

The other god, deity, or spirit of the hunt would be Tsul'Kalu "the slant eyed giant", who is described as tall and frightening. His home is atop the Juttaculla Old Fields, a natural Appalachian bald on a slope of Tennessee Bald in western North Carolina. Many perceive him as a Sasquatch or Bigfoot in form.

Give me the wind. Give me the breeze. Yû! O Great Terrestrial Hunter, I come to the edge of your spittle where you repose. Let your stomach cover itself; let it be covered with leaves. Let it cover itself at a single bend, and may you never be satisfied.

And you, O Ancient Red, may you hover above my breast while I sleep. Now let good dreams develop; let my experiences be propitious. Ha! Now let my little trails be directed, as they lie down in various directions. Let the leaves be covered with the clotted blood, and may it never cease to be so. You two (the Water and the Fire) shall bury it in your stomachs. Yû!

For more information on Cherokee History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas read "James Mooney's History, Myths and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokee".

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