Onondaga Creation Myth Analysis

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The key difference between the Costanoan and Onondaga creation myths was that the animals treated the humans differently in each story, displaying how each group viewed the relationship between the two. The Coyote, who married a beautiful girl he met once the Earth had dried, was very commanding to his wife. An example of this takes place when he says, “Look for it, look for it! Take it! Eat it! Eat my louse!” (pg. 200). This quote is from when the Coyote forces his wife to eat his tick in order for her to become pregnant. The aggressive nature of the Coyote reveals his egotistical ways; how he wants to be the one to repopulate the Earth and how he thinks of himself as the most intelligent. In the Onondaga creation myth, the animals treat the
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