Goshute, Paiute, Shoshone, and Ute Creation Story


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The Goshutes at Skull Valley tell the creation story of the Goshute, Paiute, Shoshone, Ute and other tribes.

There were two women who lived on an island in the Great Salt Lake. One day, the women made a path of dry earth across the lake.

They crossed the path and found Sinav, who followed the women home to their island.

Each night, Sinav visited each woman and brought two deer for them. The women began to have children, and each child they put in a large basketry jug.

Soon the jug became very large. The older women asked Sinav to take the jug with him, and another dry path appeared across the lake.

Sinav took the jar, but it began to get very heavy. Sinav heard a buzzing noise like a bee inside the jug. He wanted to look.

When he opened it, men jumped out and made a lot of dust. They knocked him over and ran away.

Three times he removed the stopper and people came out. He watched them run in all directions.

They were the Shohone, Ute, Paiute, and other tribes.

The last man to come out was all covered with dust. He was the Gosiute. He is tougher than the other people; he is bulletproof.