AUTHOR: Ojibwe Oral Story
After the earth was made, there were only trees, grasses, and flowers upon it. There were no birds, no animals, no insects. On the whole earth there was only one living being- Spirit Woman.
For a long time Spirit Woman was content to live alone. She made mats and baskets and twines. She picked berries and fruits. She made clothes for herself. She was always very busy.
But after living alone for many years, Spirit Woman began to long for a friend. The more she thought about a friend, the lonelier she became. At last the Great Spirit, Kitche Manitu, sent her a husband to ease her loneliness. The two are very happy together.
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Soon after they were born, all the other birds flew away. Spirit Woman was sad when they left her. "I will never leave you, Mother" promised the ruffed grouse. "I will always be near you, no matter where you are." Spirit Woman appreciated the loyalty of the ruffed grouse and was kind and gentle to the bird.
On another day, Spirit Woman gave birth for a second time - first to a rabbit and then one by one, the rest of the animals. This time only the rabbit stayed and comforted her mother. All the other creatures, the bear, the moose, the lynx, the mouse, and all the rest fled as soon as they could.
"I will never leave you mother" promised the rabbit. "I will always stay close to your side."
Because the rabbit was so devoted, Spirit Woman gave the little creature a gentle nature. Because the rabbit was so loyal, Spirit Woman created a rock in the form of a rabbit in the place where she had given birth. In later years people called the rock "The Sitting Rabbit".
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Even though the Spirit Woman had a reason to be sad when all the creatures left her, she found contentment with the ruffed grouse, the rabbit, and the white fish. They always stayed close to her.