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The first hunter who taught all others.
He never missed, and so his people never went hungry.
The whole world was his hunting ground.
Seeing all. Seen by none.
THIS IS HIS STORY.
In ancient times, there was only one village and at the top
of their sacred mountain was a cave blocked by stone. Inside
the cave you could hear every type of growl, grunt and bark.
Every day the huntsman would hike to the mountain cave and pull the stone aside to release a lone creature from the den. Upon closing the cave mouth, he hunted the animal, and went home carrying it on his shoulders.
One day the hunters two sons quietly left to visit the cave. The boys struggled to push back the stone but to their surprise it tumbled away and animals of all types came thundering out. Their paws, hooves, and feet pounded the earth as the boys struggled to close off the cave. All the animals fled into the woods until the cave was vacant. Their father, keeper of the animals heard the sound of thunder and ran along the trail to the cave mouth. His two sons stood next to the empty cave with their heads hung anticipating their fathers rage.
The Huntsman said nothing at first but then spoke to his sons, “Never before has our life been harsh. Now the animals are free and we will have to hunt the rest of our lives. With our spears, tomahawks, and bows we will work to eat. We will wander the forest hunting. Some days we will come up empty handed and some nights we will go hungry all because you were careless and thoughtless. But we will endure.”
And so it is that hunting has been hard work
and a labor of great skill among all people ever since.
The Huntsman went on to teach his people
to hunt, to sustain, and to conserve.
He was a teacher, a warrior, and his story is legend.
His name...was KANATI.