THE EARTH ON TURTLE'S BACK
STORY MAP, MS. BURWELL, NOV. 19, 2013
Where: Outside by a tree
When: Before Earth was created
Major Characters: Muskrat and wife
Minor Characters: The chief and other animals
Plot/Problem: Woman fell from the sky and was caught by swans; didn't have anywhere to stand.
Event 1: The sky chiefs wife uprooted the Great Tree.
Event 2: The young wife fell from the sky and was caught by 2 swans.
Event 3: The Earth was brought up to the young wife by the Muskrat.
Outcome: Earth was created on a turtle's back.
After the chief uproots the Great Tree the young wife came close and leaned over to look down, grasping the tip of one of the Great Trees branches to steady her. She leaned out further to look and as she leaned, she lost her balance and fell. Two swans caught her with their wings and held her while the animals swam to try to get Earth and bring it back up. None of the animals succeeded except the muskrat, who came along and swam until she reached Earth and brought a piece back up. He put the Earth on a turtle's back for the young wife to stand.