“They summoned a great council of their children – for they were called the “Fathers of the People” – and asked them to choose such things as they would have for special ownership or use. Some chose the macaw, the eagle, or the turkey; others chose deer, bear or coyote; others the seeds of earth (a-ta-a), the spring vine, tobacco and the plants of medicine, the yellow wood and many other things.
“Thus it came about that they and their brothers and sisters and their children, even unto the present day, were named after the things they chose in the days when all was new, and thus was divided our nation into many clans (A-no-ti-we) of brothers and sisters who may not marry one another but from one to the other.
“To some of the elders of these bands and clans was…
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