Extracted from: Myths of the Cherokee. Nineteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology. Washington Government Printing Office 1902 Recorded by James Mooney (1861-1921) was an American ethnographer who lived for several years among the Cherokee.
The Indians are close observers, and some of their plant names are peculiarly apt.
Some plants are named from their real or supposed place in the animal economy, the shield fern (Aspidium), yân-utse'stû, translates to "the bear lies on it."