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Native American Origins
Animals, elements, the solar system, and natural phenomena are revered by the Apaches. That which is beyond their understanding is always ascribed to the supernatural.
In the beginning nothing existed–no earth, no sky, no sun, no moon, only darkness was everywhere.
As told by Ayúnini (Swimmer) to James Mooney
The earth began as nothing but water and darkness, and all the animals were in Galúnlati, above the stone vault that makes up the sky. Eventually Galúnlati became so crowded that the animals needed more room, and they wanted to move down to earth. Not knowing what was below the water, they sent down the Water-beetle to explore.
Choctaws are an ancient people, but by their own account, they were the last of earth’s inhabitants to appear in this world.