The Creation Story In 'Skywoman Falling'

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In the excerpt “Skywoman Falling” from the book Braiding Sweetgrass written by Robin Kimmerer, “We say that humans have the least experience with how to live and thus the most to learn – we must look to our teachers among the other species for guidance” (9). Even though the human species think they know almost everything, they have been on earth for the least amount of time in comparison to other species; therefore, humans have the most learning to do. “Skywoman Falling” involves a protagonist, Skywoman, who creates the earth from her bare hands and her knowledge from the Skyworld. Skywoman created the earth from her own ideas, free will, and knowledge. Another creation story is Paradise Lost by John Milton, which involves mainly Satan, God, Adam, and Eve. God has all of the past, present, and future knowledge; however, Satan is trying to ruin all of God’s plans. Satan does this by shapeshifting and tempting Adam and Eve. “Skywoman Falling” involves a protagonist, Skywoman, along with many different animals. In the beginning of this short story, Skywoman falls from a hole in the Skyworld, but soon animals come help her to create a safe landing. The animals then assisted Skywoman in collecting mud from the bottom of the sea, and she then placed the mud on a turtle’s back and began to dance around, eventually creating the earth. Another creation story is Paradise Lost by John Milton. This story is about Satan rebelling against God, and Satan trying to ruin God’s plans. He does

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