At the start of life on Mother Earth, the Navajo People walked through four worlds, before they found a reed to climb up on, from the bottom of the Lake of Changing Waters, to start their life here.
The First Woman and the First Man led the people and with them came their children, the first ones they had were the Changing Twins.
One of the Twins took some clay from the bottom of the creek near by, and with his hands formed it into a food bowl and let it dry in the Sun.
The other Twin found some reeds growing in the water, and with them he shaped a water basket.
Then they picked up some stones from the bottom of the creek, shaped them to the right shape, and they became tomahawks, hammers, knives, points of spears and other tools.
Then they got some branches of the trees and formed them into digging sticks and handles for their tools. One day they found skeletons of deer and formed hoes out of their shoulder blades.
Another day as they were walking by the creek they met other people called the Kisani, who were different from the Navajo. The Kisani had gardens growing by the creek and in the valleys and the Navajos traded their tools, bowls, baskets and their weapons for seeds and plants to plant by the creeks and rivers.
After a while the people (the Navajo) learned how to build dams and ditches to divert the water from the creeks and rivers to the dry land around them, to create more gardens.
And so that is how it started.
I work with Muskwa International Foundation Inc. which is an entity that was formed to assist the street children in the Philippines, mostly in Manila and Davao, the two largest cities in the Philippines. You can find out about their projects here Street Children and Natural Disasters.
The stories I tell here I learned from the Elders and Story tellers and I am passing them on with their blessings. These stories can be anything from 4,000 to 5,000 years old.