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Oban's Myths & Legends

Why Owls Stare
Native American - Choctaw Story
retold by Sanjit

Sanjit, Oban's nephewOwl and Pigeon were friends. Most mornings they sat in the same tree to talk and watch the sunrise.

Sometimes one of them would boast about how fast they could fly, or their relatives could fly, or how far, and how good their eyesight was when they were high above the ground.

The PigeonOne morning Owl boasted about something different. “I think there are more owls than pigeons,” he said.

“No,” said Pigeon. “That’s not right. There are lots more pigeons than owls.”

The Owl who boasted“There’s only one way to find out,” hooted Owl, fluffing out his feathers.

”I challenge you to a counting!”

“Agreed,” cooed Pigeon. “Where and when should we do this? We’ll need lots of perching space.”


The Big WoodsOwl scratched his wing feathers with his beak as he thought for a moment.

Then he said “the Big Woods will do. It’s a nice place, with plenty of trees for everyone to land.”



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