September 20, 2017

Great Spirit does a thing

Minegoo Mniku: the Mi'kmaq Creation Story of Prince Edward Island
retold and illustrated by Sandra L. Dodge
(Acorn Press)

After the Great Spirit creates the world and its people, he also creates Minegoo - a beautiful island on which his people will live. He tells his helper, Kluskap, to place the island on the most beautiful place on earth. Kluskap sets Minegoo on the Shining Waters, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

A magical creation story, delicately told in both Mi'kmaq and English. Fine, lightly tinted watercolours enhance the tale, as do the Mi'kmaq quill patterns that edge each page.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Another interesting creation story; this is from the Yerubas:

The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
retold by David A. Anderson

Olorun, the supreme god, told his orishas (assistants) that the entire sky was theirs to explore. But Obatala wanted to do more. He suggested that if something could be built on the waters below, a world of beings could be created. Then the orishas could use their powers to help them. Olorun agreed and told Obatala to create the earth and its people.  

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