when the world was new and all the animals were new
on the Earth, there were two small species of furred animals and they
were all black
the cat and the skunk. Now the cat was happy
being all black, but the skunk was not happy because people would
call him a cat. He wanted everyone to know he was a skunk, not a common
night when the moon was full, the skunk was complaining about the
problem. It was around Halloween and everyone knows magical things
can happen, when there is a full moon on Halloween. Well, Mr. Skunk
asked his Indian friends, who knew about magic, for advice. They told
him to ask Grandmother Moon for help.
night, when the moon was full risen, he asked for help in a loud voice,
"I want to be different so I will not be mistaken for a cat!" The
moon was white and very bright and one of its beams fell on the little
skunks back from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.
Looking around at himself, he saw the "white light" of the moon and
he said, "I love my white stripe!" So Grandmother Moon with her special
magic made the stripe permanent, because everyone should be known
for him or herself.