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"The World on the Turtle's Back"

Iroquois Myth
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Travis Xanders

on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of "The World on the Turtle's Back"

CHARACTERS "The World on the Turtle's Back" is the Iroquois' cultural perspective of the creation story, having some similarities to the Catholic creation story...minus the big turtle of course. "The World on the Turtle's Back" is an Iroquois legend that has been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. This myth is an example of a Native American oral tradition! The World on the Turtle's Back an Iroquois Myth Daughter Wife Man Man- Lives in the Sky World. Husband of a pregnant wife who wants something to eat. Is pressured by his wife to gather roots from the Great Tree, which is FORBIDDEN..a FORBIDDEN tree! But he chickens out after he starts digging and creates a hole in the sky. Wife- a.k.a woman who was craving "delicious things" to eat. Orders her husband to fetch her some roots from the Great Tree. When man doesn't do this seemingly simple task, wife, filled with curiosity, decides to take matters into her own hands. Long story short, wife ends up falling down the hole, only to be caught by a canopy of flying birds and ultimately landing on the the back of a great sea turtle..turtle..turtle. Daughter- the offspring of man and wife. Grew up with her mom, never knowing about her dad. Was forever cut off from the Sky World above. One day, a strange man appeared to daughter and she suddenly fainted. When the daughter awoke, two arrows were placed across her body. One blunt, and the other, sharp. After a while, daughter was pregnant... Sibling Rivalry Left-Handed Twin Right-Handed Twin The child of the daughter of the wife. Wanted to exit his mother's womb in a normal fashion. He did everything just as he should. He said what he meant and he meant what he said (..an elephant's faithful 100% hehe) He always told the truth and tried to accomplish all that was right and reasonable. Counterpart to the right-handed twin. Decided it would be a great idea to be born out of the opposite side of his mother because he saw a light. (Don't go to the light!) He ended up killing her...the left-handed twin always lied and did things backwards. He was always doing the opposite of what seemed right. Was favored by his grandmother. Straight mind and the crooked mind. The upright man and the devious man. The right and the left. They modeled animals out of clay, the left being the predator and the right being the prey. Together they created balance. The right handed twin finished by creating man. Both looked upon their creation and said it was good. As they grew to become man, the fought to see who was more powerful. No matter what challenge was set before the two, they both won. No one would ever win or lose. So, it was decided that the day belongs to the right, and the night belongs to the left. Possible Themes "Love Your Enemy"- When the right-handed twin killed his brother, the grandmother was angry. Even though the left-handed twin killed her daughter, the grandmother still helped and loved her grandson.
Listen to your husband (...or wife) because you just might end up falling down a hole in the sky.
Don't associate yourself with strangers because you could wind up getting pregnant
There is always good and evil in the world
Curiosity can be dangerous, but it could lead to a whole new world
i love Faber and Gonzaga..mostly gonzaga
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