Indigenous Peoples' Literature
"There is no 'better' or 'worse,' only different. That difference has to be
respected whether it's skin color, way of life, or ideas. The Chumash have
a story about this. It begins with a worm who is eaten by a bird. The bird
is eaten by a cat whose self-satisfaction is disrupted by a mean-looking
dog. After devouring the cat, the dog is killed by a grizzly bear who
congratulates himself for being the strongest of all. About that time comes
a man who kills the bear and climbs a mountain to proclaim his ultimate
superiorty. He ran so hard up the mountain that he died at the top. Before
long the worm crawled out of his body."
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The Indigenous Peoples' Literature pages were researched and organized by Glenn Welker.