A Potawatomi Story

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  • In the beginning the world was made up of trees and fields, with rivers, lakes and springs, and hills and valleys.
  • The Earthmaker took clay, formed it into a figure then baked in on a fire. He took it out of the fire and breathed life into it. It then walked away
  • The three red men, each of different tribes;Ojibwe, Ottawa, and Potawatomi, were upset about their loss of many sons during the war.
  • The Ojubwe man walked and walked until he found the huge tree. Even though he was very upset, the tree was so beautiful the man forgot his sorrows and eventually became happy.
  • As the Ojibwe man sat under the tree one day, another man was approaching him, an Ottawa. He had also lost 10 sons and was full of sorrow. As the two men talked, another approached weeping.
  • Ten days later the three old men lead their people to the tree. Each brought food that they cooked together. They filled a pipe and offered its smoke to the Great Spirit above. This is how the Potawatomi, the Ojibwe, and Ottawa came to live in peasce
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