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The Origin of the Dry Land

When the Creator resolved to make a home for the living beings he had no solid matter to start with, and hence called a council of various animals to deliberate upon the matter. Among those that he gathered were the wolf, the raccoon, the bear, the turkey-buzzard, the crawfish, the loon, and the ring-necked duck. They decided that earth should be taken from the bottom of the waters, and selected the loon for the purpose, as he was known to be the best diver. The loon put white beads around his neck and plunged into the water, space, but the water was deep and its pressure forced the beads into the skin of his neck, so that they could not be removed, and they are sticking there even now. As he returned to the surface without obtaining any earth or mud, the beaver was ordered to accomplish the task. He dived, but the water suffocated him and his dead body reappeared on the surface largely swelled up. This is the reason why all beavers now show a thick, swollen exterior. Another beast had to plunge down on the same errand. The crawfish took a dive and soon yellow dirt appeared on the water's surface. He came near being drowned, but on reappearing he stretched out his claws, which were examined by the animals assembled. They found some mud sticking on the inside of them, between the extremities, and handed it over to the Creator, who rolled it out to a flat mass, spread it on the surface of the waters, and it became land. The fish, whose domain was the bottom of the water, noticed the coming down of the crawfish and pursued him for the theft, but the crawfish managed to elude him and escaped to the surface.

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