The Earth on Turtle’s Back Onondaga- Northeast Woodlands Retold by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchac About the Selection • This myth from the Onondaga people relates a story about the creation of the world. In this version, the Earth forms as an offshoot of a celestial place called Skyland. Literary Analysis • The origin myth can be seen as a mixture of science and religion – they explain how the world and the things in it came to be. • Read the first sentence. How do the opening words of this story identify it as an origin myth? Reading Strategy: Recognizing Cultural Details • We will read the second and third paragaphs aloud. • Identify the cultural details or topics that appear in this passage. • Note the references to marriage, childbirth, respect for age, and the role of dreams. Reading Strategy Questions • What do the Chief’s words to his wife tell you about the beliefs of the Onondaga? • What does the Skyland Chief’s wife dream? • In Oral Literature, why might characters have generic names like “Loon” or “Muskrat?” Critical Reading • In your Reading section of your notebook, respond to the Critical Reading Questions #1-5 on page 20.