Seminole Indian Legends

Seminole Indian Legends


  • Seminole Indian Legends

Published Date

  • published 1940


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While the crawfish had been working so industriously, the beaver
had been watching, and now he came to the rescue. After they had
rolled the ball of earth on to his wide, flat tail, the beaver waited
patiently, begging the East Wind to help him. The East Wind blew hard,
scattering the earth over the waters so that it made an island. Then Great
Father came down to earth and brought three people with him. He made
a large hole in the rock between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. A big
rain came down from Heaven, filling the large rock and forming a well.

The three people camped by the well with the Great Father. They
became hungry and the Great Father told them to look for something to
eat. When they came back with coontie bread, he sent them out for
more. Ever since, the coontie root has been used for bread.


The Great Father wanted to see more land so he started north,
taking the three people with him. As he went, he made more land.
When the sun became too hot, he made shade trees of all colors. After
they had gone a long distance, the Great Father left the three people and
returned to the large well at the middle of the earth, where some white
people tried to capture him to make trees and rain for them. But the
Great Father escaped. They traced him to the big forest but he made a
boat from a large tree and when they came with long spikes to capture
him, he escaped. However, he left behind a large box with a key on top
of it. The white people did not know