by James Mooney
by Joseph Bruchac
First Men and Women
Native American cultures found an explanation for the origin
of the world by creatively interpreting nature. This site
offers another creation myth—one based on the beliefs of the
Aboriginal people of Australia. Create an illustration for
"The First Men and Women" using paints, charcoal,
fabrics, or other media.
this essay, Joseph Bruchac remembers the people who influenced
his career and discusses the power of storytelling. He maintains
that the best stories serve two purposes: They entertain and
they teach. In a short essay, describe how the story "The
Sky Tree" meets these two criteria.
Creation of the earth
In this collection of creation myths, Sarah Steele retells the
same Cherokee myth James Mooney tells in "How the World Was
Made." Read or listen to this alternate version, noting any
similarities or differences between it and Mooney's version.
Which do you prefer? Why? Record your answers in the Web Links Activity Log.