“Bring me the hide of the White Deer," said the chief.
The Chickasaws believed that animals that were all white were magical.
"The price for my daughter is one white deer.” Then the chief
laughed. The chief knew that an all white deer, an albino, was very
rare and would be very hard to find. White deerskin was the best material
to use in a wedding dress, and the best white deerskin came from the
Blue Jay went to his beloved, whose name was Bright Moon. "I will
return with your bride price in one moon, and we will be married. This
I promise you.” Taking his best bow and his sharpest arrows Blue
Jay began to hunt.
Three weeks went by, and Blue Jay was often hungry, lonely, and scratched
by briars. Then, one night during a full moon, Blue Jay saw a white
deer that seemed to drift through the moonlight. When the deer was very
close to where Blue Jay hid, he shot his sharpest arrow. The arrow sank
deep into the deer' s heart. Instead of sinking to his knees to die,
the deer began to run, and instead of running away, the deer began to
run toward Blue Jay, his red eyes glowing, and his horns sharp and menacing.
A month passed and Blue Jay did not return as he had promised Bright
Moon. As the months dragged by, the tribe decided that he would never
But, Bright Moon never took any other young man as a husband, for she
had a secret. When the moon was shinning as brightly as her name, Bright
Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running,
with an arrow in his heart. She lived hoping the deer would finally
fall, and Blue Jay would return.