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Unformatted text preview: Iroquois Creation Story (Traditional-Ancient) The original homeland of the Iroquois was in upstate New York between the Adirondack Mountains and Niagara Falls. Through conquest and migration, the Iroquois gained control of most of the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. At its maximum in 1680, their empire extended west from the north shore of Chesapeake Bay through Kentucky to the junction of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The following is an excerpt of the tribe’s creation story. Among the ancients there were two worlds in existence. The lower world was in great darkness – the possession of the great monster – but the upper world was inhabited by mankind; and there was a woman conceived who would have the twins born. When her travail drew near and her situation seemed to produce a great distress on her mind, she was induced by some of her relations to lay herself on a mattress which was prepared so as to gain refreshments for her wearied body. While she was asleep the very place sunk downprepared so as to gain refreshments for her wearied body....
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course MATH 201 taught by Professor Doolittle during the Spring '11 term at Hawaii.
- Spring '11