Origin legends are stories that explain the origins of things, such as the world, the universe, or a particular group of people. They can explain how tribes got to the place where they live now. They can vary widely in their details from culture to culture.
Origin legends can be found in all cultures around the world, and they often share some common themes. For example, many origin legends feature a Creator figure who brings the world into being. This Creator figure may be a God, a Goddess, or a Spirit, and they are often depicted as being very powerful and wise.
Origin legends can also be used to explain the origins of natural phenomena, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Origin legends can be a fascinating and informative way to learn about different cultures and their beliefs. They can also help us to understand our own place in the world and our relationship to the natural world.
This story has been passed down from generation to generation since time immemorial and it explains how Mik’Maq people came into existence in North America. The story tells about the relationship between the Great Spirit Creator and Human Beings and the Environment.
It also explains a philosophical view of life which is indigenous to North America. This way of thinking is evident in the Native Languages and Cultures and in the spiritual practices.
According to the Ojibwe oral history, seven great miigis (radiant/iridescent) beings appeared to the peoples in the Waabanakiing (Land of the Dawn, i.e., Eastern Land) to teach them the mide way of life.
One of the seven great miigis beings was too spiritually powerful and killed the peoples in the Waabanakiing when they were in its presence. The six great miigis beings remained to teach, while the one returned into the ocean.