Vision of Kitche Manitou Book
In his book The Vision of Kitche Manitou, Johnston `describes the creation story of Kitche Manitou of the Ojibwe, for instance, Kitche Manitou created everything out of nothing. Johnston argues that the creator gave his breath to a different nature and essence. Besides, each substance created had a power, and it became its soul-spirit. Kitche Manitou created the physical world of heavenly bodies such as the starts, sun, moon and the earth and other creatures. He then created man on the last day, and he gave the man the greatest gift-the power to dream, and through this, the man could control other creatures in the world (Johnston, 1976). Johnston asserts that the creator made The Great Laws of Nature that could apply to the well being and harmony of all creatures and things, and this could bring about an order in the world. The laws could control every living thing or creature, and this implies that Kitche Manitou was orderly and concerned.
In Creation Story Part 1: Sky Woman and Turtle Island, Porter describes the story of creation and how the heavenly bodies such as the moon came to existence. Porter argues that there was no land in the beginning, but there were water and water creatures. Porter goes further and describes that there were beings that resembled human beings in Karonhia:ke, The Sky World. The beings in the ‘Sky World’ had more powers and strength than human beings, for instance, they could make things occur by thinking about it. The author further describes the Tree of Life that was located in the center of the Sky World, and the beings in the sky were told not to disturb the tree (Porter, n.d). The author describes that one day an expectant woman wanted to drink tea made from the roots of the ‘Tree of Life’ and she ordered her husband to dig near the base of the tree to acquire the roots. In the process of digging, some dirt caved in, and the tree fell creating a hole in the floor of the ‘Sky World.’ The author asserts that the woman fell and luckily, she was supported by the birds and since the woman was heavy, she was lowered to the water below, and the turtle offered to help and carry her by the back. The turtle’s shell was able to help her, and this has made some
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