The three short stories- When Grizzlies Walked Upright, The Earth on Turtle’s Back, and The Navajo Origin Legend – all share a similar concept. The story The Earth on Turtle’s Back talks about before Earth even existed everything was water and there were birds and animals that swam around. Up, above the clouds, was a skyland where humans lived. In the end of this short story a small little muskrat brings up land from underneath the water and gives the chief’s wife a place to stand and live. In which she drops seeds to make trees and plants grow and so on. This explains the origin of how land was formed on Earth. The next story, When Grizzlies Walked Upright, talks about how a chief moved down to earth to live because he got tired of living in the bitter cold sky, but his daughter got blown out of their new home when she had gotten too curious and ended up being raised by grizzly bears that lived in the habitat she was blown into. Many years later when the chief found his daughter was still alive he went to go see her expecting her to be exactly as when he saw her last, but he found a grown woman instead, and also learned that strange creatures (the grizzly bears) had been taking care of his grandchildren that the daughter had created with the grizzly bears. The chief was furious that a new race had been created without his making and so he cursed all the grizzlies, making them forever walk on their hands and knees and never speak again. This story brings about the origin of how bears walk on all fours and cannot speak. Finally, The Navajo Origin Legend is a short little story that explains the origin of how humans came about. The story explains what the Navajos do “On the morning of the twelfth day…” and how the combination of white corn (to make men), yellow corn (to make women), and buckskin was supposed to be how humans were created to the Navajos belief. Each story shares a similar symbolism in the fact that each speaks of a chief or a god that...
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