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Uncanny Georgia: Sharp Ears

Here’s another creature described in Bill Grantham’s Creation Myths and Legends of the Creek Indians (University Press of Florida, 2002):

Sharp Ears were usually seen in pairs and never traveled east or west. Seen especially near the sources of small streams, they had sharp noses, bushy tails, and globular feet. The Oklahoma Seminoles called these Fire Dogs. Lena states that these creatures were about a foot tall and had ears, and that the male and female always traveled together. (36)

The Muskogee word for these creatures is hvcko fvske, which Grantham renders as håtcko fåski. By whatever spelling, the approximate pronunciation is “hutch-ko fuss-kee.”



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