Everyone thought Zhing-gi-biss had drowned. Eventually, he floated to the surface, unconscious. Once he woke up, he told the others that he too couldn't get to the bottom of the water. Many other animals tried, including Zhon-gwayzh' - the mink - and Mi-zhee-kay - the turtle.
All the animals failed. Eventually, a small voice came forward. I can do it, it was Wa-zhushk', the muskrat who was speaking. Some of the bigger, stronger animals laughed at Wa-zhusk'.
Only Kitchi-Manitou can pass judgment on others. If Wa-zhusk' wants to try, he is allowed to, said Nanaboozhoo. With that, Wa-zhusk' went into the water. After he had been gone for a long while, everyone thought he had given his life trying to retrieve the Earth.
Far below, Wa-zhusk' had reached the bottom, although he was very weak from holding his breath for so long. With the last of his strength, he grabbed a pawful of Earth and swam back to the surface.
Nanaboozhoo pulled Wa-zhusk' onto the log once he had been spotted, Brothers and sisters, Nanaboozhoo said, Wa-zhusk' has given his life trying to help us. A song of praise and mourning was heard across the water as Wa-zhusk''s spirit passed on.
All of the sudden, Nanaboozhoo exclaimed, Look! There's something in his paw! Nanaboozhoo carefully opened Wa-zhushk''s paw. Everyone got close to see what it was. Lo and behold, it was the Earth they needed!