The Cherokee Origin Myth

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When reading the origin myth from the Cherokee, it is clear that animals and plants were valued for assisting in creating the earth, receiving special gifts, and sharing the land with humans. Throughout the story, animals help with the development of the world. The Water Beetle made the land from mud, while the Buzzard made the mountains and valleys. The animals even positioned the sun perfectly so every creature could enjoy the light wherever they are. Some plants and animals were even singled out to show the unique qualities they were given. Owls and mountain lions were presented with the ability to see in the dark, while cedars, spruces, and pines were allowed to keep their “hairs” in the winter. The Creator had to have valued these plants
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