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The Woodpecker, The Turkey Vulture and the Raccooon
"After the Creator made the land, He sent out the woodpecker to take a look. The woodpecker he flapped his wings up and down, and sharp and hard like this." Buffalo Jim snaps his elbows abruptly up and down. "When he flew over the land his wings hit the ground and that is how mountains were created." "The Creator sent out the Vulture for a look, too. The vulture, he flies flat, with his wings out like tis." Buffalo Jim holds his arms out wide, fingers outstretched like wing tips, as if gliding. "Where his wings hit the ground, that was where we had the flat lands and valleys." "Another animal around about that time was the raccoon. When the world was made the Creator told all the creatures not to walk on the land until the ground dried and got hard. But the raccoon didn't listen. He started digging in the soft land for crayfish. That was how swamps were created. The Creator got mad at the raccoon and yelled at him that he wasn't supposed to do it. The raccoon started crying. His hands were black from digging in the mud and he wiped his eyes like this. That was how the raccoon got his black eyes." Buffalo Jim 1989 apx +/- 100yrs old