I come before you in a humble manner and offer you this sacred pipe.
With tears in my eyes and an ancient song from my heart, I pray for tsosdanvtli,
To the Grandfather Sun,
To the Grandmother Moon,
To the Mother Earth,
And to my ancestors. I pray for my relations in Nature,
All those who walk, crawl, fly, and swim,
Seen and unseen,
To the good spirits that exist in every part of Creation. I ask that you bless our elders and children and families and friends, and the brothers and sisters in prison.
I pray for the ones who are sick on drugs and alcohol and for those homeless and forlorn.
I also pray for peace among the four races of humankind. May there be good health and healing for this Earth,
May there be Beauty above me,
May there be Beauty below me,
May there be Beauty in me,
May there be Beauty around me.
I ask that this world be filled with Peace, Love and Beauty.
It is odsa.
When the Blue Cloud and the Yellow Cloud rose high in the Sky, First Woman saw the light of First Man’s fire, and she went out to find it. Three times she was unsuccessful. The fourth time she found the home of First Man. “I wondered what this thing could be,” she said. “I saw you walking and wondered why you did not come,” First Man said. “Why do you not come with your Fire, and we will live together.” First Woman agreed to this. So instead of the man going to the woman, as is the custom now, the woman went to live with the man. Another person,Great Coyote, was formed in the water. He told First Man and First Woman that he had been hatched from an egg, and knew all that was under the water and all that was in the skies. First Man believed him. Then a second coyote, First Angry, appeared. He said to the three, “you believe that you were the first persons. You are mistaken. I was living when you were formed.” First Angry brought Witchcraft into the world. The Air-Spirit People became jealous of one another and began to fight. The rulers of the four seas, Blue Heron, Frog, White Thunder, and Big Water Creature could stand it no more, and told the beings of the island that they must all leave this world. Some climbed and some flew until they came to an opening in the sky. They crawled through it and into the Second World.
THE SECOND WORLD:First Man, First Woman, the Great-Coyote-Who-Was-Formed-in-the-Water, and the Coyote called First Angry, followed by all the others, climbed up from the World of Darkness to the Second or Blue World. They found a number of People already living there: Blue Birds, Blue Hawks, Blue Jays, Blue Herons, and all the Blue-Feathered Beings. The powerful Swallow People lived there also. They lived in blue houses, scattered across a broad, blue plain. The Swallow People said to the Air-Spirit People, “You are welcome here among us.” And for twenty-three days they all lived together in harmony. But on the night of the twenty-fourth day, one of the Air-Spirit People approached the wife of the Swallow Chief and wished to sleep with her. The next morning the Swallow Chief said to the newcomers, “We welcomed you here among us. We treated you as kin. Yet this is how you return our kindness. Now you must leave this world.” The Air-Spirit people wandered upward looking for a way into the next world. The Wind, called to them from the South. They followed him and found a slit in the sky. First Man created a wand of jet and the Air-Spirit people flew or walked upon it up into the next world. One by one they passed through to the other side.
THE THIRD WORLD:The Blue Bird had joined the Air-Spirit People and was the first to reach the Third or Yellow World. After him came the First Four and all the others. The great Female River crossed this land from north to south. The great Male River crossed the land from east to west. The rivers flowed through one another in the middle, and the name of this place is Crossing of the Waters. In the Yellow World were six Mountains. In the East was Dawn, or White Shell Mountain. In the South was Blue Bead, or Turquoise Mountain. To the West was Abalone Shell Mountain. In the North was Big Sheep Mountain. Near the Center of the Yellow World was Soft Goods, or Banded Rock Mountain. And near it, East of Centre, Precious Stones, or Great Spruce Mountain. Holy People lived on the Mountains. They were Immortal, and could travel by following the Path of the Rainbow and the Rays of the Sun. One was Talking God. His body was white. One was Water Sprinkler. He was blue. One was House God. His body was yellow. One was Black God, the god of fire. Beyond them to the East lived Turquoise Boy, a hermaphrodite, who guarded the Great Male Reed. And far to the West, on Abalone Shell Mountain, lived another hermaphrodite, White Shell Girl. With her was the Big Female Reed, which grew at the water’s edge with no tassel. In the autumn, the four Holy People called to First Man and First Woman, and visited them, but they did not speak. Four days in a row they visited. On the fourth day, Black God said, “You must cleanse yourselves and we will return in twelve days.” First Man and First Woman bathed carefully and dried themselves with corn meal. They listened and waited. On the twelfth day the four Holy People returned. Water Sprinkler and Black God carried a sacred buckskin. Talking God carried two perfect ears of corn, with their points completely covered with kernels. One ear of corn was white, the male corn belonging to First Man. The other ear was yellow, the female corn belonging to First Woman. The gods placed one buckskin on the ground facing west, and on it they placed the two ears of corn with their tips pointing east. Under the white ear they put the feather of a white eagle. Under the yellow ear they put the feather of a yellow eagle. They told the people to stand at a distance so that the wind could enter. The White Wind between the buckskins, and while the wind blew, each of the Holy People walked four times around them. In this way, they transformed First Man and First Woman from spirit people into human beings, with great powers. “Now,” the Holy People said, “live here as husband and wife.” At the end of four days, First Woman gave birth to twins. They were neither male nor female, but hermaphrodites. Four days later a second set of twins was born, one male and one female. After twenty days a total of five pairs of twins had been born, half of them male and half of them female. Almost at once they were full grown. The Holy People took each set of twins to their home on the East Mountain and taught them how to wear masks and pray, and then returned them to their parents. Eight winters passed, and during that time the twins found mates with the Mirage People. Many people came into being.
THE SEPARATION OF MEN AND WOMEN:One day First Man brought home a fine deer that he had killed. First Woman said, “I thank my sex for this deer.” First Man demanded to know what she meant. “I mean that you bring me food because you wish to have sex with me,” she said. “But we women could live happily without men. We are the ones who gather the food and till the fields. We have no need of men.” First Man grew angry and called all the men together. “The women think they can live without us,” he told them. “Let us see if that is true. The men and the two hermaphrodite twins crossed the river to the north bank carrying the grinding stones and bowls and baskets that the hermaphrodite twins had made, and the axes and hoes that the men had invented. The women bared themselves along the bank of the river and called out to the men, saying “See what you are missing?” For four years the men and the women lived apart. During this time the food that the women harvested became less, because they had no tools, while the men grew more and more food. But each group longed for the other. The women sought to satisfy themselves with bones and feathers and long stones. The men tried to relieve their longing with the fresh meat of animals. One man, tried to satisfy himself using the liver of a deer. Owl called out to him to stop. “This is wrong,” Owl said. “No good can come of this separation. You must bring the men and the women together again.” He spoke to the other men. Finally they all spoke to First Man. First Man called across the river to First Woman, and asked, “Do you still think you can live alone?” “I no longer believe I can,” she responded. “I am sorry I let the things you said make me angry,” First Man said. And then the men sent a raft to the women’s side of the river to bring the women across. The men and women bathed and dried their bodies with corn meal, and remained apart until nightfall. Then they would resume their lives together.
BIG WATER CREATURE AND THE GREAT FLOOD:But a mother and her two daughters had been in the fields and had not seen the raft. Now it was dark, and they saw that all of the women had crossed the river to the men’s side. They began to swim across. But Big Water Creature, grabbed the two daughters and dragged them to her home under the water. For three days and three nights, the people searched the river for the girls, but they could not find them. On the morning of the fourth day, Talking God and Water Sprinkler appeared with a large bowl of white shell and a large bowl of blue shell. The people gathered around them. They placed the bowls at the water’s edge, and started to spin them. The spinning bowls created an opening in the water which led downward to a large house with four rooms. First Man and First Woman traveled down the passage and into the house, and behind them crept the Coyote named First Angry. In the north room of the house, they found Big Water Creature asleep in a chair. Her own two children were there, and also the two missing daughters. First Man and First Woman took the hands of the girls and led them back through the passage and on to the bank. Behind them, Coyote carried the two children of Big Water Creature, wrapped in his big skin coat with white fur lining. There was great celebrating because the lost girls were returned. The next morning, Animals began running past the village from the east. Deer ran by, and Turkeys, and Antelopes, and Squirrels. For three days, Animals ran past, fleeing from something. On the morning of the fourth day, the People sent Locusts flying to the East to find out what was happening. The Locusts returned and told that a great wall of water was coming from the East, and a tide of water from the North and from the South. The people ran to the top of the Dawn mountain. First Man ran to each of the other Sacred Mountains, took dirt from each, and summoned the Holy People, and returned to Dawn Mountain. Turquoise Boy came bearing the great Male Reed, and First Man planted it in the top of the Mountain. All the people began to blow on the Reed, and it began to grow and grow until it reached the canopy of the Sky. Woodpecker hollowed out a passage inside the Reed, and the People and Turquoise Boy and the four Holy People all began to climb up until they came out in the Fourth World. THE FOURTH WORLD: After the people had all emerged into the Fourth, or White World, they saw the water continuing to rise in the Third World beneath them. Big Water Creature pushed her head through the opening in the Reed. Her curly hair floated on the Water, and Lightning flashed from her Black Horn and her Yellow Horn. First Man asked Big Water Creature why she had come. She said nothing. But the Coyote named First Angry came forward wearing his skin coat. He said “Perhaps it is because of this,” and drew the two Babies from under his coat. Turquoise Boy took a Basket and filled it with Turquoise. On top of the Turquoise he placed the Blue Pollen from Blue Flowers and Yellow Pollen from the Corn, and Pollen from Water Flags, and on top of these he placed the Crystal, which is river pollen. This Basket he gave to Coyote, who put it between the Horns of the Big Water Creature, and in the Basket he placed the two Children. The Great Water Creature disappeared down into the Reed, and the water with her. They saw that they were on an island in the middle of a bubbling lake surrounded by high cliffs. At first the People could not find a way to get across the water to the shore. They called on Water Sprinkler to help them. He had brought four great stones with him from the Third World. He threw one to the East. When it hit the cliff wall, it broke a hole through it, and water began to flow out of the lake. He threw a stone to the South. He threw one to the West. And to the North he threw one. Each stone created a hole in the cliff, and the water of the lake became lower. A lane now connected the island to the shore to the east, but it was deep with mud. The people called on Smooth Wind to help them. He blew steadily for a long time, and finally the people were able to leave the island. THE FOURTH WORLD: After the people had all emerged into the Fourth, or White World, they saw the water continuing to rise in the Third World beneath them. Big Water Creature pushed her head through the opening in the Reed. Her curly hair floated on the Water, and Lightning flashed from her Black Horn and her Yellow Horn. First Man asked Big Water Creature why she had come. She said nothing. But the Coyote named First Angry came forward wearing his skin coat. He said “Perhaps it is because of this,” and drew the two Babies from under his coat. Turquoise Boy took a Basket and filled it with Turquoise. On top of the Turquoise he placed the Blue Pollen from Blue Flowers and Yellow Pollen from the Corn, and Pollen from Water Flags, and on top of these he placed the Crystal, which is river pollen. This Basket he gave to Coyote, who put it between the Horns of the Big Water Creature, and in the Basket he placed the two Children. The Great Water Creature disappeared down into the Reed, and the water with her. They saw that they were on an island in the middle of a bubbling lake surrounded by high cliffs. At first the People could not find a way to get across the water to the shore. They called on Water Sprinkler to help them. He had brought four great stones with him from the Third World. He threw one to the East. When it hit the cliff wall, it broke a hole through it, and water began to flow out of the lake. He threw a stone to the South. He threw one to the West. And to the North he threw one. Each stone created a hole in the cliff, and the water of the lake became lower. A lane now connected the island to the shore to the east, but it was deep with mud. The people called on Smooth Wind to help them. He blew steadily for a long time, and finally the people were able to leave the island. First Man and First Woman built a hogan to live in. It was not like a hogan of today. First Man dug a shallow pit in the earth and placed poles in it. For the main poles he used two parts of the Black Bow. One pole he cut from the Male Reed. One pole he cut from the Female Reed. The structure was covered with Earth and Grass. First Woman ground White Corn and they powdered the poles and sprinkled Corn Meal inside the dwelling from East to West. First Man said, “May my home be sacred and beautiful, and may the days be beautiful and plenty.” This was the first hogan-raising ceremony.
This is the end of my story.Wado for listening.
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