Native American Indian Earth Spirits: Earth-Divers

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Earth-Divers

Native American Indian Earth Spirits: Earth-Divers

“Earth-diver” is a term folklorists use to refer to mythological characters who succeed at retrieving land for a creator god or culture hero to make the world out of. This kind of creation myth exists in many world culture, not only Native American traditions, but it is especially common here. Native American earth-divers are animals, almost always water animals who must dive for the earth at the bottom of a body of water, usually after other animals have already given up or failed at this task. In some tribes the earth-diver even gives his or her life to bring up the earth.

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