- from Native America
Generations of Native Americans have told stories and created poetry for every occasion in their lives.
There are poems for healing, for mourning, for hunting, for harvesting, and for welcoming friends. Myths explain how the world began, where people came from, and the origins of local landmarks, plants, and animals. They also show the right way for people to treat one another. Here is one version of the creation myth of the Iroquois people, who live in New York and Canada.