Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

Image.

Five

For many native tribes in the West, five is a sacred number. Vision quests and other ceremonies last five days and nights. Five is also important in Old Time stories. It took Bear five years to become Great Bear in the Sky and start the seasons circling through the year. In another story, Crow cawed five times as he stole Eagle's sun box and smashed it. Bringing sunlight into the world was a sacred gesture. If Crow had cawed six times, the world might not have turned out so well.

Photo: Tule Lake. Here the Modoc creator reached five times to the lake bottom, scooping up mud to shape the land.


s