Chumash Creation Myth "The Making of Man"

The piece I am featuring in this blog is a color pencil drawing I created a few years back. It is about the Chumash story The Making of Man. I created the entire drawing using the Samala language. Below will tell the story and will help the viewer explore the piece in it's entirety.

Making of Man

After the flood, Sky Coyote, Sun, Moon, Morning Star, and Eagle were discussing how they were going to make man. Eagle and Sky Coyote Kept Arguing about whether or not the new people should have hands like Sky Coyote's. Coyote said that all people in this world should be in his image, since he had the finest hands. Lizard was there also, but he just listened night after night and said nothing.

At last, Coyote won the argument and it was agreed that people should have hands just like his. The Next day they all gathered around a beautiful white rock that was there in the sky. It was so fine and smooth on the top that whatever touched it would leave an exact print. Coyote was just about to stamp his down on the rock when Lizard, who had been standing silenty just behind him,quickly reached out and pressed his own perfect hand print onto the rock.

Coyote was furious and wanted to kill Lizard, but Lizard ran down into a deep crack and escaped. Since Eagle and Sun approved of what Lizard had done, Coyote couldn't do anything about it. If Lizard had not made his print, we might have hands like a coyote today!

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