Earth Diver: The Blackfoot Creation Story
This story is part of the Blackfoot oral tradition.
- Long time ago, water covered our entire world.
- Napi, the Creator, wanted to know what was going on below all that water.
- Napi sent Duck, Otter, and Badger to see, but they all came up with nothing.
- Finally, Muskrat dove beneath the water. She was down a very long time.
- Muskrat returned with a ball of mud in her paws.
- From this ball of mud, Napi moulded hills, valleys, and mountains.
- Napi created grooves in the earth for rivers and lakes.
- The first people were moulded from this earth.
- Napi taught man and woman how to hunt and how to live.
- Once Napi felt the work was complete, Napi climbed up to a mountain peak and disappeared.