Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Legend of Princess Scargo

I took a drive to Scargo tower this afternoon. I wanted pictures for a circle journal project that I am working on. My goodnesses it was cold, particularly at the top of the tower. I wanted to get some pictures of the tower and the lake. Here is the story of Princess Scargo

Once, the beautiful Princess Scargo, lived along the Dennis shores. She was part of the Bobuset tribe, lead by her father Sagem. One day, a brave young runner from a faraway tribe happened to espy the Princess. At once, the two fell madly in love.
To show his devotion, the brave gave the Princess a beautifully carved pumpkin, which he had hollowed out and filled with water. Four small silvery fish were inside. He promised to return to the Princess before the fish had fully grown.
The Princess adored her gift. She hollowed out a small pond in a clearing and returned every day. As the fish grew, the time apart from her beloved diminished.
The summer was long and dry, though. One morning, when she arrived at the pond, she found it dry. Three of the fish were dead. As she wept uncontrollably, her tears kept the one remaining fish alive.

Her grief greatly distressed her father. Sagem called a meeting at which it was decided a lake was needed for Princesses' fish. The strongest and most skilled brave was instructed to shoot an arrow. When it fell, the spot was marked. The brave shot 3 more arrows to mark the remaining boundaries for the lake. Then, squaws, using clamshells as shovels, dug a hole within the boundaries, which was then filled by fall rains.
The fish thrived in the lake and Princess Scargo resumed her wait for her lover. As promised, he returned before the fish had matured, and they were married soon after. They continued to live along the shore of Scargo Lake, where the descendants of the silvery fish-a token of love-still swim.


take care,


Nancy said...

Dawn what beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing the history too!
hope I get to see this CJ soon!

Marjorie said...

What a beautiful story your header!

ingrid said...

Dawn the pictures are beautiful and I love your new header! You did a fantastic job!

You are a brave sole going out & taking those pictures in this freezing weather (what a girl won't do for a c.j.!)