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Aboriginal Spirituality Sacred Scriptures

First Nation religions involve different aspects of social and cultural myths and stories. The stories and myths that the First Nation peoples are not generally written down, and so have been passed on by word of mouth to others in the particular group of Natives. Stories and myths that have been passed on through the generations include of different creation stories, and trickster myths.
Creation stories are very important to the First Nation peoples, as they tell the story of how the Earth and they were made. The First Nation peoples have a total of eight creation stories - to which they all do not necessarily mention a God, or a higher power than our own; but instead mention animals, and how we are all connected by life. The story usually included of animals and the four elements (water, earth, fire and air). Earth Diver, being the most traditionally told and known, within the Northern Plain and Eastern Woodland tribes, is the story “in which...the Great Spirit...dives or orders other animals to dive in the...water to bring up mud, out of which he fashions the earth” (Smith).
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The trickster myths are generally told to be comedic, as that is somewhat what the myths are. They usually tell about how the transformer, though not always the transformer, would play around and “trick” people. These “tricks” would include of taking fire, water, food, light, animals, or even other people, and then setting them loose or losing them in the world, so that it becomes as it is now. The stories are not new, and are not unknown, but are usually told among the Nuxalk, Haida, Tsimshian, Ojibwa, and Blackfoot. There are generally four different “tricksters” in these myths; Raven (being the most common), Hare, Frog, and Coyote are known “tricksters.”
Though First Nation stories are not written down there…...

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