The World on the Turtle's Back
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Why does the man go to the Great Tree at the beginning of the myth?
To make his wife happy because she was hungry due to her pregnancy.
What was the rule about the Great Tree?
No one was to mark or mutilate it.
Where was this Great Tree located?
In the Sky World.
Who ended up gathering some of the root of the Great Tree?
The woman did, after her husband dug a hole and was afraid when he saw a hole to our world.
How did the woman survive the fall from the Sky World?
The birds flew together and cushioned her and the turtle accepted her on his back.
Why is the Great Tree important to the Iriquois creation myth?
Because the Great Tree provided the earth's plants.
How was the earth created, according to the Iriquois creation myth?
The woman took a tiny amount of dirt and placed it in the middle of the turtle's back & began walking in circles (in the direction the sun takes), creating the earth.
The arrows the man brings to the woman represent what?
The twins she was going to have.
Who is the "Master of Life?"
The "Master of Life" was the right-handed twin.
Who was born in an "unnatural way" through his mother's armpit?
The twin who was born in an "unnatural way" was the left-handed twin.
What happened at the mother's grave after her death?
All the plants that mankind use sprung from her grave.
What specifically grew from the heart of the mother when she was in her grave?
The sacred tobacco plant, whose smoke rises to give thanks to the gods of the Sky World.
Whom did the grandmother favor?
The grandmother favored the left-handed twin.
What types of animal did the left-handed twin create?
The left-handed twin created the predator animals.
What types of animal did the right-handed twin create?
The right-handed twin created the defenseless prey animals.
Why does the myth say that the left-handed twin "died and he didn't die?"
The myth says that he "died and he didn't die" because it is impossible to completely destroy evil.
The right-handed twin takes complete control over what?
The right-handed twin takes complete control over the daylight realm.
What does the left-handed twin want the mountain lion to do?
The left-handed twin wanted the mountain lion to eat the deer.
Who becomes the moon?
The grandmother of the twins becomes "Our Grandmother, The Moon."
What did the right-handed twin use to destroy his brother?
The right-handed twin used a deer antler to destroy his brother.
Who is known as Sapling?
The right-handed twin is known as Sapling.
What other names does the right-handed twin have?
The right-handed twin is also known as "He Holds Up The Skies," and "Great Creator."
What is the domain of the left-handed twin?
The realm of night is the left-handed twin's domain.
Who killed the grandmother?
The right-handed twin killed his grandmother by cutting off her head, throwing it into the sky.
Where does the left-handed twin live to this day?
The left-handed twin lives in some place below the world.