There were many Choctaws and Chickasaws in those days. Their territory became overcrowded, making it difficult for the people to find food. A great prophet had a vision of a land far to east with fertile soil and abundant game where the people could live in peace and plenty. And so, the entire population resolved to make the journey eastward in search of that happy land.
The people split into two groups, marching a day’s journey apart. The prophet led them, bearing a sacred pole. Every night, he would plant this stick in the earth in front of the camp. And each morning, when the people rose, the pole would be leaning in the direction they were to travel that day.
They continued this way for several moons. One night, the people led by Chahta set up camp on the west bank of the Nanih Waiya Creek by the mound, while those led by his brother, Chikasa crossed the creek and camped on the eastern side. That night, a great rain fell, flooding the Creek and rendering it impassable for several days.
The next morning the pole was still standing erect, indicating that the people had at last found their new home.
After the waters had subsided, Chahta sent messengers across the creek to bid his brother’s party to return, as the oracular pole had proclaimed that the long sought-for land was found. Chikasa’s party, however had proceeded on their journey, and the rain had washed away all traces of them so that the messengers could not follow.
This is how the Choctaws and the Chickasaws became two distinct, though kindred nations.