Native american creation myths turtle island

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Turtle Island: The Story of North Americas First People by Eldon Yellowhorn

Unlike most books that chronicle the history of Native peoples beginning with the arrival of Europeans in 1492, this book goes back to the Ice Age to give young readers a glimpse of what life was like pre-contact. The title, Turtle Island, refers to a Native myth that explains how North and Central America were formed on the back of a turtle. Based on archeological finds and scientific research, we now have a clearer picture of how the Indigenous people lived. Using that knowledge, the authors take the reader back as far as 14,000 years ago to imagine moments in time. A wide variety of topics are featured, from the animals that came and disappeared over time, to what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to their surroundings. The importance of story-telling among the Native peoples is always present to shed light on how they explained their world. The end of the book takes us to modern times when the story of the Native peoples is both tragic and hopeful.
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Turtle Island is a name for the Earth [1] or for land in North America in whole or in part , used by many Native Americans and First Nations people and by Indigenous rights activists. The story is shared by other Northeastern Woodlands tribes , notably those of the Iroquois Confederacy.
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The Haudenosaunee Creation Story

The Haudenosaunee have always recognized that people are complex, possessing both good and bad qualities. The Creation story serves as a reminder: no human is flawless— the Great Spirit alone is perfect. Long, long ago, the earth was deep beneath the water. There was a great darkness because no sun or moon or stars shone. The only creatures living in this dark world were water animals such as the beaver, muskrat, duck and loon. In the center of this upper realm was a giant apple tree with roots that sank deep into the ground.

Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. Turtle Island is the name many Algonquian- and Iroquoian-speaking peoples mainly in the northeastern part of North America use to refer to the continent. In various Indigenous origin stories, the turtle is said to support the world, and is an icon of life itself. Turtle Island therefore speaks to various spiritual beliefs about creation and for some, the turtle is a marker of identity, culture, autonomy and a deeply-held respect for the environment. The story of Turtle Island varies among Indigenous communities, but by most accounts, it acts as a creation story that places emphasis on the turtle as a symbol of life and earth. The following versions are brief reinterpretations of stories shared by Indigenous peoples. In no way do these examples represent all variations of the tale; they merely seek to demonstrate general characteristics and plots of different stories.

Iroquois Creation Story. Below the SkyWorld was a dark watery world with birds and animals swimming around. In the SkyWorld was the Celestial Tree from which all kinds of fruits and flowers grew. Today, the Shad tree [serviceberry bush] is known as the Celestial Tree because it is the first flowering tree in the northeast in the springtime. Serviceberry Tree [1.

Many Indian peoples had and still have stories of creation that explain how they came to be and to live in their homelands.
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4 thoughts on “Turtle Island: The Story of North Americas First People by Eldon Yellowhorn

  1. Much of the mythology of the Iroquois a confederacy of originally Five, later Six Nations of Native Americans has been preserved, including creation stories and some folktales.

  2. Long before the world was created there was an island, floating in the sky, upon which the Sky The animals took it and spread it on the back of Big Turtle. The mud began to grow and grow and grow until it became the size of North America.

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