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The Legend of Turtle Island

 Long time ago, before the Earth was here, all was water. Many creatures lived in the water, swimming about.  Far above the clouds, there was, however, a land where lived a powerful chief. His wife was going to have a  baby. In that Sky land was a great tree  with four large roots, stretching out to  each of the four sacred directions, and  bearing many kinds of fruits and  flowers. One night the chief's wife  dreamed that the great tree had been uprooted. The chief perceived that this  was a dream of great power, and thus  must be fulfilled. With great effort, the tree was uprooted, leaving a large hole  in the sky. The chief's wife leaned to  look through the hole, but lost her  balance and fell. Grasping at the tree as  she fell, she only managed to hold onto a handful of seeds. The water creatures  below saw her falling.
 They realized that  she was not a water creature and tried desperately to think of a way to help  her. "I have heard," said one, "that there is earth far below the waters. Perhaps we  should try to get some for her to stand  upon." One by one the animals tried to  dive down far enough to retrieve land, but one by one they failed. Finally brave  little muskrat tried one last time. Deeper   and deeper she dove until her little  almost burst. Suddenly she found a bit  of land. Scooping it up, she frantically swam to the surface. But alas, where to  put the land?  The Turtle said, "Put it on my  back. I will hold up the Land and the Sky Woman." And so they did. Sky woman landed  safely on Turtle's back and was very  thankful. She cast the seeds about. The  Land on the Turtle's back became ever so beautiful. The tiny piece of Earth on the turtle's back began to grow. It grew and grew and grew until it formed island in the water. The island grew larger and larger, but still the turtle bore the weight of the Earth on his back.  A huge island sat in the middle of the water, and today that island is known as North America.
Some  people call that land "America." Others  call it, in honor of the brave and faithful  Turtle, "Turtle Island."