In Norse mythology, there is a life tree called Yggdrasil. To travel through its branches, is to travel through different worlds, transported from one to another. Four deer–Dain (“the Dead One”, Dvalin “the Unconscious One”, Duneyr (“The Thundering”), and Dyrathror (“Slumber:)–live upon it, feeding and leaping from branch to branch. Some say that they represent the four seasons or four phases of the moon. They are small red deer that have white splotches running along their sides and back.
Deer are important in Appalachia and Cherokee lore, as well as to Norse legends. They teach us to give all that we have, but take only what is needed. To look a deer in the eyes, is to know the quiet of what they have seen. They are the quiet watchers.