American Indian Mythology - Part 1 Section 3 Summary & Analysis

Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin
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Part 1 Section 3 Summary and Analysis

Section 3 of "The World Beyond Ours" contains stories about "The Waters Beneath".

"Fifty Young Men and a Turtle" (Cheyenne) The introduction to this story tells of an actual lake where archeologists find large numbers of ancient bones: "But the Cheyennes know ... how those bones came to be there."

The story begins with forty hunter/warriors and their chief setting out on a hunting trip. As they travel, they see a large silver vision in the distance. For many it looks like a mirage, an illusion of a lake filled with water. However, when they get closer, they discover that it is in fact a giant water turtle, walking slowly across the dry prairie. One of the young and foolish hunters jumps on the turtle's back so he can ride rather than walk. When the other hunters see that the...

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