“Atchitamon”

November 28

And you would be secure, because there is hope; . . . and take your rest in safety. - Job 11:18 NKJV

The name chipmunk comes from the Chippewa Indian word atchitamon, which means “head first.” This refers to the chipmunk’s usual way of coming down trees. According to Navajo legend, the chipmunk is on the side of right against wrong, with the welfare of human beings always in mind. The Hopi Indians even worshipped the chipmunk’s spirit.

The chipmunk is not a god, but he is a clever little mem­ber of the squirrel family. Although it lives underground, he is not a ground squirrel, because a ground squirrel cannot climb trees as a chipmunk can.

The burrow of a chipmunk begins as a short vertical tun­nel leading to a longer tunnel, sloping downward for five feet or more until it is well under the frost line. Rooms are built off this long tunnel, each having its special purpose. There are several storage rooms for the more than a bushel of nuts and seeds that the animal stores for the long winter. The bed­room, the largest chamber, is usually a foot across, and con­tains a bed of shredded grass and leaves. The bathroom is built at the greatest depth, away from the living quarters. And there is even a junk room for the hulls of seeds and nuts.

It is difficult to 1ocate the entrance to a chipmunk’s bur­row. The animal carries the excavated soil far from the entrance. Sometimes it leaves the dirt nearby, plugs up the entrance to fool you, then digs a real but camouflaged entrance in another place. When chipmunk babies are born, a separate nursery tunnel with its own entrance is built.

When the chipmunk goes to sleep, it can rest secure in the knowledge that it has done all it can to make the nest a safe place to live and raise its family. Furthermore, it has made all the preparations it can in providing food for its family and itself. And in your home you can rest secure, knowing that God and your parents have provided for your every need.





Windows on God’s World – James Tucker