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Name Instructor Course Date The Iroquois/Navajo Creation Story Introduction The Navajo creation story is a myth that involves the Navajo people and their emergence. The location that the story revolves is the Dinetah area, which is the home of the Navajo people. According to Bailey, “The word Diné is now mostly used on the Navajo Nation, and the word "Navajo" almost exclusively used outside the Navajo Nation” (Bailey 126). The creation story of the Navajo discusses the way of life among the Navajo people. ”According to the Diné, they emerged from three previous underworlds into this, the Fourth, or "Glittering World", through a magic reed. The first people from the other three worlds were not like the people of today. They were animals, insects or masked spirits as depicted in Navajo ceremonies” (Bailey 126). The main focal point of the story starts with the creation of the Nilch’I Diyin, which is a Navajo traditional word for the Holy Wind and the lights that shone in the dark and brought the life to the four Diyin Dine's, which is a Navajo traditional word for the Holy People. All the three aspects of creation in the Navajo myth existed before the world and human beings. The Iroquois creation myth discusses a female person that fell from the sky. She fell from the sky and was rescued by a turtle that carried her to safety. The giant turtle carried her on its back and that where the earth was created. When she passed away, she transformed into the moon while her daughter was known to be the Mother Earth. The grandsons of the woman that fell from the sky became the flowers and the land. The story of the Iroquois creation discusses the woman’s

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