September 9

Turtle Clan Story

In the Creation story, the Earth began to grow after the muskrat brought mud from the bottom of the sea and placed it on the back of the Turtle. Life was created from the Earth. The Earth is a representation of what we refer to as the World and the Turtle has the Earth on its back. North America is referred to as 'Turtle Island' because of this. The Turtle has all the responsibility of
the shifting Earth and the cycles of the moon. It is the Turtle Clan's responsibility to look after the environment. The Turtle represents the Earth, as well as all the gifts that the earth provides the people. The Turtle teaches patience and to never give up with the use of strength and solidarity; the Turtle is old and wise and well respected. Turtle Clan people need a strong base where they can live and grow roots. They move slowly to teach patience; lessons learned are not fogotten. Although Turtles may appear slow, their determination allows them to obtain their goals. The Turtle is a creature of two elements -- earth and water. Because of this, the people of the Turtle Clan share a bond with both of these. They enjoy helping things grow -- plants and people, yet enjoy their freedom just as a Turtle would in the water.

Contributed By:

Kim Wesaw - Pokagon Potawatomi


3 Fires, Anishnabe, Bode'wadmik, Chippewa, Clans, Odawa, Ojibwe, Ottowa, Potawatoomi, Teachings, Traditional Stories, Turtle Clan

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