Pervasive Essay2

Topics: Native Americans in the United States, Religion, New Mexico Pages: 3 (640 words) Published: July 11, 2015
Sheneka Kirlew
Ms. Hill
Persuasive essay
4/22/13

Native Americans share their culture by stories and myths. Without these stories, their descendants would not know about their ancestors. There are many different Native American tribes like, the Modoc, Navajo, Onondaga, and the Iroquois. Even though they are from different tribes and places, culture is a big part of all of their heritages. They show it through different stories like When The Grizzlies Walked Upright and The Navajo Origin. But, only one of these stories is most culturally relevant.

When the Modoc wrote the myth When The Grizzlies Walked Upright, it was based on how the great sky spirit created earth and animals. In this myth the great sky spirits daughter and a grizzly bear mated and created a new race. Everything in this myth was alive and could talk; the great sky spirit lost his daughter when he instructed her to talk to the wind spirit. She went up to the chimney to talk to the wind and it accidentally blew her away. She landed near the home of the grizzles, and the mother grizzly decided to raise her. When she was old enough, she got her married to her eldest son. That is how the first race of Indians came into being. Word got out to her father the great sky spirit and when he saw and the new race he was in an outrage. He cursed the grizzlies and ran out the new race of children. With The Navajo Origin only man and woman were made. The myth did not explain how earth came about, or if they were a new Indian race. In The Navajo Origin, man and woman were created by the spirit gods. In this myth men and woman washed themselves with cornmeal. Men washed themselves with white cornmeal and women with yellow. They did this for a religious cleansing of the body. After washing themselves with cornmeal you would chant and shout four times and then the gods would appear. Each god carried different articles to perform a religious ceremony. After the...
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