Why the Possum’s Tail Is Bare
by James Mooney from Myths of the Cherokee: Extract from the Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology
Anthropologist and ethnologist James Mooney (1861-1921) studied Native Americans throughout his career. This Cherokee myth is from his report to the U.S. Bureau of American Ethnology published in 1902. After reading the story, students will respond to questions on character traits, the theme, and the details.