Pushing up the
The Creator and Changer
first made the world in the East. Then he slowly came westward,
creating as he came. With him he brought many
languages, and he gave a
different one to each group of humans he made.
When he reached Puget Sound, he
liked it so well that he decided to go no further. But he had many
languages left, so he scattered
them all around Puget Sound and to the north. That's why there are so many
different Indian languages
These humans could not talk
together, but it happened that none them were pleased with the way the
Creator had made the world. The sky was
so low that the tall humans bumped their heads against it. Some times humans
would do what was forbidden by climbing up high in the
trees and, learning their own
words, enter the Sky World.
Finally the wise men of all
the different tribes had a meeting to see
what they could do about lifting the sky.
They agreed that the humans should get together and try to push it up higher.
"We can do it," a
wise man of the council said, "if we all push
at the same time. We will need all the humans
and all the animals and all the
birds when we push."
"How will we
know when to push?" asked another of
the wise men. "Some of
us live in this part of the
world, some in another. We don't all talk the same
languages. How can we get
everyone to push at the same time
That puzzled the men of
the council, but at last one of them suggested that they use a signal."
When the time comes for
us to push, when we have
everything ready, let someone shout
'Ya-hoh.' That means 'Lift together!' in all our
So the wise
men of the council sent that message to all the humans and animals
and birds and told them on what day they
were to lift the sky. Everyone made poles
from the giant fir trees to use in pushing
against the sky.
day for the sky lifting came. All the humans raised their
poles and touched the sky with them. Then the
wise men shouted, "Ya-hoh!" Everybody
pushed, and the sky moved up a little.
"Ya-hoh," the wise men shouted a second time, and everybody pushed with all his strength.
The sky moved a few inches more. "Ya-hoh,"
all shouted, and pushed as hard as they could push.
They kept on
shouting "Ya-hoh" and pushing until the sky
was in the place where it is now.
Since then, no one has bumped his
head against it, and no one has been able to climb into the
hunters had been chasing four
elks during all the meetings and did not
know about the
plan. Just as the humans and animals
and birds were ready to push the sky up, the
three hunters and the four
elks came to the place where the
Earth nearly meets the
sky. The jumped into the
Sky World, and the
hunters ran after them. When the
sky was lifted, elks and hunters
were lifted too.
In the Sky World
they were changed into stars, and at
night even now
your see them. The three
handle of the Big Dipper. The middle
hunter has his dog with him, now a tiny star. The four elks
make the bowl of the Big Dipper.
We still shout "Ya-hoh!" when doing
hard work together or lifting something heavy
like a canoe. When we say "Hoh!" all of us
use all the strength we have. Our voices
have a higher pitch on that part of the word,
and we make the 0 very long - "Ya-hooooh!"
- Chief William Shelton, told as a
child by his
family elders to teach him what could be
accomplished if people
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