Cherokee Indian Creation Myth

A myth of the Cherokee Indians retold by Sarah Steele.


When the earth begun there was just water.  All the animals lived above it and the sky was
beginning to become crowded. 

They were all curious about what was beneath the water and one day Dayuniísi, the water
beetle, volunteered to explore it.  He went everywhere across the surface but he couldnít
find any solid ground.  He then dived below the surface to the bottom and all he found
was mud. This began to enlarge in size and spread outwards until it became the earth as
we know it. 

After all this had happened, one of the animals attached this new land to the sky with four
strings.  Just after the earth was formed, it was flat and soft so the animals decided to send
a bird down to see if it had dried.  They eventually returned to the animals with a result. 
The land was still to wet so they sent the great Buzzard from Galunílati to prepare it for
them.  The buzzard flew down and by the time that he reached the Cherokee land he was
so tired that his wings began to hit the ground.  Wherever they hit the ground a mountain
or valley formed. 

The Cherokee land still remains the same today with all the land forms that the Buzzard
formed.  The animals then decided that it was too dark, so they made the sun and put it on
the path in which it still runs today.  The animals could then admire the newly created
Earth around them.