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Native American Stories : Myths and Tales from the San Carlos Apache , Origin of the Clans

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Myths and Tales from the San Carlos Apache

Origin of the Clans

The people of the earth were all living at one place. They started away and came where a tree projected into the water of a stream. “Half of the people will live here and will be called Ts[iogon]tenange,” he said. Those designated remained there and the others moved on.
They came to a canyon across which mescal stood. “Half of the people will live here and will be called, Nada`binadit’in,” he said. Those stopped there and the others went on.
They went a long way and came to a box canyon where the cliffs came together. A row of red willows ran to the cliff. “Half of the people will live here and will be called K’aitsehit’i’n,” he said. Part of the people settled there and the others went on.
They went on to a place where there was a big dry wash of white sand. “Part of the people will live here and will be called Saidesgain,” he said. Those remained there and the others went on.
They came where the mesquite was thick. “Part of the people will live here and will be called Iyaxadjin,” he said. Those remained there and the others went on.
They came where a row of willows made a red stripe on the landscape. “Half of the people will live here and will be called K’aintc’in,” he said. Some of them remained there and the others moved on.
They came where there was a box canyon. “Part of the people will live here and will be called Tseyin,” he said.
The others went on from there to a place that was brown with cottonwoods above which they climbed up. “Half of you will live here and will be called T’isseban,” he said. Those settled there and the others went on.
They came where two shallow valleys came together. “Part of the people will remain here. You will be called Xagostele,” he said.
The others went on until they came where two valleys came together. “Half of the people will live here and will be called edilgojn.”
The others moved on to a place that was white with the flowers of reeds. “Some of the people will live here. You will be named ‘okadigain,” he said.
They went on from there and came where willows crossed a broad valley. “Some of you will live here. You will be called K’ainagoteln,” he said.
They came where Black River flows. “Part of the people will live here. You will be called Todixie,” he said.
They went on and came where mountains stand, one behind the other. “These, a part of the people shall live here. Your name will be Dziike’sillan.”
The others moved on to a place where trees stand on a projecting rock. “These, a part of the people, will live here and be named Ts[iogon]tsexesk’idn,” he said. Part of the company remained there.
The others went on until they came to a plain, yellow with flowers. “These people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called Beilts’on,” he said.
The others moved on to a place called Xak’aiye. “Part of the people will live here,” he said. A division of them settled there. “You will be named Xak’aiye,” he said.
They moved on to a place where a walnut tree stood. “These people, a half, shall live here,” he said. They made their homes there. “You will be called Tc’iniyenadn’?ye,” he said.
The others went on a short distance where there was a mountain covered with beautiful shrubs as with grass. “These, half of the people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called Tc’ildadi’oge,” he said.
They went on until they came where there was a stripe of red paint on the face of a rock. “Half of the people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called Dectc’in,” he told them.
They went on until they came where cottonwood trees were standing. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. “You will be called T’iskadn.”
They went on from there to a place where pines stood in a line. “Half of the people will live here,” he said. “Your name shall be Ndiltci’ednt’i’n.”
They went on until they came where there was a gap in the ridge. “Half of the people will live here,” he said. “You will be called Nogodejgijn.”
They came to Red Rock which stood up. “Some of the people will live here. Your name will be Tsexatc’in,” he told them.
They went on and came where there were round white hills. “Some people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called Ya`gohigain.”
They went on and came where wormwood was growing in a broad valley. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. “You will be called Iya’aiye.”
They went on where there was a cottonwood grove. “Some of you will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called T’ishiyosikadn,” he told them.
They went on to a place where black rocks projected. “Some of you will live here,” he said to them. People settled there. “You will be called Tsetsitxesdjine,” he told them.
They went on to a place where everyone takes a bath. “Some of you will live here,” he told them. Part of the people settled there. “You will be called Tanasgizn,” he told them.
Then the others went on to a place where the ground is yellow. “Some of you will live here,” he said. “You will be named Idagexagots’ogn.”
Then the others went on. They came where it was dark colored with manzanita. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be called Inostcoodjin,” he told them.
They went on to a place where there were rough stone points. “Some of you will live here,” he told them. Some of them settled there. “You will be called Sagone,” he said to them.
They went on to a place where there was a wash filled with sand. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. Half of the people settled there. “You will be called Saiedigain,” he told them.
They went on where stones were piled in a round heap. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. “You will be called Tsesnniln.”
They went on to a narrow ridge. “Some of the people will live here,” he said. Some of them settled there. “You will be called Na’doxots’osn,” he told them.
They went on to a place called adobe flat. “Part of the people will live here,” he said. They settled there. “You will be named Bissaxe,” he told them.
Then they went on to a place where gourds were growing. “Some of you will live here,” he said to them. They settled there. “You will be named Nadilkalsikadn,” he told them.
They went where reeds came together in white masses. “Half of the people will live here,” he told them. They settled there. “You will be called ‘okadadesgain,” he told them.
These are the people who live on the earth.

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