Native Myths and Legends

Native Myths and Legends
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The Navajo Origin Legend

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  • Native American gods approached a small village of Mirage people. Blue Body and Black Body each carried a sacred buckskin. White Body carried two ears of corn, one yellow, one white, each covered at the end completely with grains.
  • The gods laid one buckskin on the ground with its head to the west. The gods then placed both ears of corn on the buckskin with their tips pointed to the east. They then put the white eagle feather under the white ear of corn. They also put a yellow eagle feather under the yellow ear of corn.
  • The gods then told the people to stand back and let the wind blow through.
  • The white wind blew from the east, and the yellow wind blew from the west, between the skins. A few of the Mirage people walked around four times while the wind blew.
  • When the Mirage People had finished walking the upper buckskin was lifted. The ears of corn had disappeared and a man and a woman lay there in their stead.
  • The white ear of corn had been changed into a man and the yellow ear into a woman. The gods directed the people to build a house for the two. The gods then told the to "Live together as husband and wife."
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