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This paper juxtaposes some of the characteristics of two disparate creation stories – Dakota and Apache. It outlines who created earth and life, how they came into being, the order of creation, different generations and roles and responsibilities within the communities.
A Dakota story implies creation of the earth and humans at the end of its story. There is a detailed story of discord between the Gods and ousting of a few because of a predisposition to overpower the command and authority of the chief God. A trickster personality who savors mocking people is included. Earth was made by an associate God for His adopted daughter to have for herself, her husband, and his family (Creation Stories Comparison and Contrast. (n.d.)).
In the Dakota story, Wakantanka, was a master creator who is known as the chief God and a great spirit, responsible for creating all other Gods. The Gods created the world and everything in it as a wedding gift for Wakantanka’s adopted daughter and her husband. According to this story from the Dakota tribe, multiple Gods were responsible for creating earth (Dakota Creation Story. (n.d.)).
Dakota story follows that all the vegetation, animals and plants were made before humans. This sacredness ascribed to plants and animals applies the Native American contrite stance to exhausting wildlife for their own consumption. This story also implies that the exiled trickster, Iktomi, grew weary of preying on birds and animals. His aim was to dispel resentment and ridicule. He felt great pleasure from laughter focused at the poor recipients of his trickery. Iktomi recruited help from others and assured powerful influence and beauty to those who would aid him in dissipating further devastation (Creation Stories Comparison and Contrast. (n.d.)).
An apache story starts with nothing - only darkness prevailed everywhere. From the darkness a yellow and white disc came to being. The One Who Lived Above; the Creator, came sitting on that disc. Atfirst, he created light and clouds in all orientations and directions. Next he made Girl Without Parents, Sun God, and Small Boy. All four Gods then sat on a cloud and thought what to create next. More...

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