National Geographic : 1948 Sep
Why the Choctaws pampered a stuffed owl B RNARD ROMANS, who explored the Tom bigbee region of Mississippi and Alabama in 1771, visited some seventy Choctaw towns. On trips between settlements, Romans and his Choctaw guide, Pooskoos Miingo, often met Choc taw war parties. From them the explorer learned that a stuffed owl was an important part of the luggage of the Choctaw on the trail. The Choctaws took a stuffed owl along as a guiding spirit. They relied on it to watch over the expedition and to keep it from harm. Along the way, the Indians guarded their stuffed owl as watchfully as they expected it to guard them. They pampered it even to the extent of offering it food. And always they kept the owl facing in the direction of the journey. As long as their stuffed talisman faced serenely forward, with no feathers ruffled, they figured the path ahead was free of danger. It undoubtedly would be a fine thing if you could keep trouble out of your way just by carry ing a luck piece. But the talisman you'd tote around wouldn't work for you, we suspect, any better than the Choctaw's owl did for them. So, since you have no sure way to clear your path of accidents that may cost you plenty, shouldn't you take this precaution right now ? Check your accident insurance. Make sure you've got enough to pay the costs of an injury and to protect yourself and your family from financial loss. It's well to remember that an accident can hap pen anywhere-at work or at play. But with ac cident insurance you're protected wherever you are-in your home, your place of business, at some vacation spot, or anywhere on the road. See your Travelers agent or broker today. MORAL: INSURE IN The Travelers ALL FORMS OF INSURANCE AND SURETY BONDS TheTravelers Insurance Company, The Travelers Indemnity Company, The Travelers Fire Insur ance Company, The Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company, Hartford, Connecticut. Serving the insurance public in the United States since 1864 and in Canada since 1865.