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.
The common rock lichen bears the musical, if rather unpoetic, name of utsale'ta, "pot scrapings."