Acoma Native Creation Myth

Acoma Native Creation Myth

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  • The Beginning
  • In the beginning there were two sister spirits who were in darkness, and there was a voice, Tsichtinako, who gave them advice.
  • The sisters were given baskets containing seeds for all the plants and models for all the animals that would be in the next world.
  • The Pine and the Badger
  • One, a pine, grew sufficiently to break a small hole through the earth above and let in some light. The badger made the hole bigger.
  • The Locust
  • After they gave the locust life, they asked him to smooth the opening above, but warned him not to enter the world of light. He did not listen.
  • This myth features heavily on sisters because the Acoma Natives were a matrilineal society.
  • The Song of Creation
  • This represents some of the wildlife that the Acomas were familiar with, and it follows the common theme in mythology of darkness being the beginning.
  • Tsichtinako's reveal
  • Tsichinako revealed that she had been sent to be their constant guide by the creator, Uchtsiti.
  • Here, the common theme in mythology of punishment for disobedience shows up. The grasshopper looks despite a warning and, in the full myth, is punished with a short life.
  • Iatiku
  • Here the sisters sing a song of creation, which shows that the culture may value music.
  • They had learned ... a prayer to the sun, which they now recited, and the song of creation, which they sang for the first time.
  • The appearance of a higher being is common in mythology, and like in other myths the world was created from this being's body.
  • Incest often appears in mythology, as well as punishment for angering the god or gods.
  • Later the sisters fought, and one angered the creator by having 2 sons. Because of this, Tsichtinako left them
  • One of the sons, Iatiku, later married his aunt and made all the people.
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