She allegedly appears at various times as an old woman, or a young maiden, or a deer. Some descriptions assign her a human female upper body and the lower body of a white-tailed deer.
The Deer Woman is said to sometimes be seen as a beautiful woman just off the trail or behind a bush, calling to men to come over. Deer Woman is often said to have all the features of a normal young woman save for her feet which are shaped like deer hooves and her brown deer's eyes. Men who are lured into her presence often notice too late that she is not a natural woman and are then stomped to death.
Many a man have fallen victim to her. She steals his Spirit with her embraces and entanglements. She leaves him when he sleeps, taking away his reasoning, his sense of balance, his heart, and his Spirit.
When that man awakens, he searches endlessly for her. He can never love another because his heart has been stolen. He becomes a fool in his vain attempts to find her and loses track of his other opportunities and responsibilities in life.
The Deer Woman spirit teaches us that marriage and family life within the community are important and these relationships cannot be entered into lightly. Her tales are morality narratives: she teaches us that the misuse of sexual power is a transgression that will end in madness and death. 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.
I noticed she was walking on the grass just an inch away from the concrete trail. I though that was a bit strange, but I shrugged it off. As we passed, I gave her a smile and said, "Hello." She didn't reply, she just gave me a little nod, a smile, and continued walking. I listened to the sound of the rubber soles of my high-top shoes scrape on the road and then I heard a strange clopping sound on the concrete. I turned around, and all I see is the woman. I looked at her feet. "It must be her shoes," I thought. And as I turned back to continue walking, her foot flashed from under her long skirt. It took a few seconds for my brain to register what I saw: DEER HOOVES!