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In the nearby foothills, deer, elk, bears, turkeys, and other animals fed in the dense hemlock, pine, and spruce forests. Freshwater rivers and streams plentifully stocked with fish flowed across rich valleys. The Cherokees successfully combined farming with hunting and the gathering of wild food. While men hunted game, women collected quantities of wild grapes, blackberries, huckleberries, wild roots, and nuts in season. With assistance from the men, women raised corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, and other cultivated crops.

A group of fishermen in a canoe on a lake he turned into sawbill ducks, and others, standing in shallow water, he made into mallard ducks. The last group of creatures, whom he could not identify, were lounging on the beach, so he turned them into clams. After Young Moon had changed everything he encountered on earth, he created a great waterfall to challenge the Dog Salmon on their way upstream. When he finally arrived at home, his family waited to cheer him. Young Moon was pleased with himself.

The Cherokees successfully combined farming with hunting and the gathering of wild food. While men hunted game, women collected quantities of wild grapes, blackberries, huckleberries, wild roots, and nuts in season. With assistance from the men, women raised corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, and other cultivated crops. The Cherokees lived in large towns that were organized in sophisticated political units. Their houses were made of small trees woven between upright posts and plastered with clay.

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