Deer Woman's specific magic and myth surrounds marriage and courtship rituals.
Carolyn Dunn's essay Deer Woman and the Living Myth of Dreamtime explores different cultural encounters with the Deer Woman:
... The only way to save oneself from the magic of Deer Woman is to look to her feet, see her hooves, and recognize her for what she is...
...In Joy Harjo's poem “Deer Dancer” from In Mad Love and War, she describes the woman who is and becomes a deer:
". . .but I imagined her like this, not a stained red dress with tape on her heels but the deer who entered our dream in white dawn, breathed mist into pine trees, her fawn a blessing of meat, the ancestors who never left."
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