Early in the David Mamet-authored The Edge, an Alaskan holds up an oar with a panther carved on one side and bets Anthony Hopkins’s character $5 he can’t guess what’s carved on the other. Hopkins replies, “A rabbit smoking a pipe.” Sure enough, it is. The explanation: it’s a traditional Cree parable. The panther hunts the rabbit, but the rabbit calmly smokes, unafraid. Why is he unafraid? “Because he’s smarter than the panther.”
I love that sentiment, and I’ve considered getting the depicted Cree artwork (or something similar) tattooed on my back. (I was born in the Year of the Rabbit, so there’s additional motivation.)
Here’s my question: is this a real Cree parable? Or is it something Mamet invented to foreshadow the film’s story? My Google searches have been fruitless, and if I’m going to get a tattoo, I want it to be real, not just something I saw in a movie once. (I’m a big fan of Mamet, but not that big.)
Can anyone help?