Pima Creation Story (Traditional – Ancient)The Pima lived in the Arizona desert along the Gila and Salt rivers, a remote location that helpedthem resist European influence. They were named "Pima" in the fifteenth century by the Spanish, wholater recorded their first narratives. However, no creation stories were transcribed until the earlytwentieth century when a Pima named Edward H. Wood met J. W. Lloyd at the Pan-American Fair inBuffalo and asked his help in preserving the legends of Wood's grand-uncle, Thin Leather. The Pimacreation story takes us to a landscape on the other side of the North American continent, to a peoplewho favored stability, settlement, and peace and whose artistic traditions were long and rich.In the beginning there was no earth, no water – nothing. There was only a Person, Juh-wert-a-Mah-kai, “TheDoctor of the Earth.”He just floated, for there was no place for him to stand upon. There was no sun, no light, and he just floatedabout in the darkness, which was Darkness itself.
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