The turtle volunteered, and the earth was placed on top of his shell when the earth was ready the birds flew up and carried ata-en-sic on their wings to the turtle's back this is how hah-nu-nah, the turtle, came to be the earth bearer. The iroquois people hold a great respect for all animals this is mirrored in their creation myth by the role the animals play without the animals' help the sky woman may have sunk to the bottom of the sea and earth may not have been created. Many northeastern indian peoples share a legend of how the world was created on the back of a giant sea turtle (some still refer to north america as a “turtle island”) while there are many versions of the tradition, the following selection is from the iroquois indians of new york state. The niagara falls, or nee-ah-gah-rah (thundering waters) are the most sacred waters of the iroquois people, and a focus of many of their legends and myths for centuries, the iroquois believed that the sound of the waterfall was the voice of the mighty spirit of the waters.
The iroquois honored both twins so that they would balance each other out the world could not exist without both of them and if it did then it would be unbalanced the elements of nature explained were good vs evil, right vs wrong, and good vs bad. Iroquois and their “legend” the world on the turtle’s back iroquois tell their legend in the world on the turtle’s back of how the earth was created and how balance in the world resides iroquois are one of many native american tribes in which still live in the united states today in fact, there are more than 50,000 iroquois living in the united states today.
Iroquois creation myth long before the world was created there was an island, floating in the sky, upon which the sky people lived they lived quietly and happily.
With only a small bit of earth brought onto turtle's back from his small paws, turtle island began to grow the sky woman soon gave birth to a daughter on turtle island the daughter grew fast there were no man-beings on turtle island, but a being known as the west wind married the daughter of sky woman. An iroquois legend in the beginning, the world was not as we know it now it was a water world inhabited only by animals and creatures of the air who could survive without land. When the earth was ready the birds flew up and carried ata-en-sic on their wings to the turtle's back this is how hah-nu-nah, the turtle, came to be the earth bearer when he moves the sea gets rough and the earth shakes. The world on the turtle's back the world on the turtle's back - iroquois creation myth - a native american story that explains the creation of the world and their people.
19th-century decoration of an unidentified ship: iroquois indian sitting on a turtle, in reference to the great turtle that carries the earth in iroquois mythology by the sculpture workshop of brest, france naval arsenal. According to the world on turtle's back, which best demonstrates the iroquois view of women women were respected because they helped create and sustain the world the conflict between the twins continued, and for some reason, the grandmother favored the left-handed twin. Above this unpeopled world, there was a sky world here lived gods who were like people— like iroquois in the sky world there was a man who had a wife, and the wife was expecting a child the woman became hungry for all kinds of strange delicacies, as women do when they are with child. Here, on the sea turtle's back, she planted bits of the roots and plants she had brought from the sky world and she walked across the turtle's back, planting, praying and creating the earth that we know as turtle island.
“the world on the turtle’s back” is an iroquois (grpe-kwoiq) creation story filled with conflict and compelling characters the iroquois passed down this story from one generation to the next by telling it in elaborate performances in the 1800s, david cusick, an iroquois author, recorded one version of the story in print.