Two Spirit Myths: The Earth Is Like an Animal [1]

The Earth is like an animal.

When an animal is sick it wiggles and twitches.

Just before it dies, it shakes even harder, shakes all over.

That’s what we call the Earthquake and the Volcano.

You’ll see, it’s already started to happen.

Witness the quakes in Oklahoma and California.

Think of Mt. St. Helen’s in Washington.

The world is wiggling and twitching and shaking just before it dies.


[1] Arden, Harvey & Wall, Steve, Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders, Beyond Words Publishing, 1990. Stories by Buffalo Jim, page 80-83.