Long ago, the Choctaws appeared on Earth very suddenly. The ground opened one day and there soon was a very large hole. People who lived in nearby areas slowly gathered around. They were curious and a little frightened, all at once. Later that day, the tops of many heads could be seen at the bottom of the hole. Those who were watching gasped in surprise!
Then the entire Choctaw people climbed out of the hole, men woman and children. They were not dressed for war. None were carrying spears or arrows.
They greeted their neighbors in chulosa, or peace, and their neighbors left them to live in peace.
And that is why our people prospered in the time before the white man.
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