“They summoned a great council of their children – for they were called the “Fathers of the People” – and asked them to choose such things as they would have for special ownership or use. Some chose the macaw, the eagle, or the turkey; others chose deer, bear or coyote; others the seeds of earth (a-ta-a), the spring vine, tobacco and the plants of medicine, the yellow wood and many other things.
“Thus it came about that they and their brothers and sisters and their children, even unto the present day, were named after the things they chose in the days when all was new, and thus was divided our nation into many clans (A-no-ti-we) of brothers and sisters who may not marry one another but from one to the other.
“To some of the elders of these bands and clans was given some thing which should be, above all other things, precious.
The clans of the Bear and Crane were given the Mu-et-ton-ne, or “Medicine Seed of Hail and Snow“. For does not the bear go into his den, and appears not the crane when come storms of hail and snow? When more than one clan possessed one of these magic medicines they formed a secret society – like the first four – for its keeping and use. Thus, the Crane and Bear people became “Holders of the Wand” – who bring the snow of winter and are potent to cure the diseases which come with them.
“To the Eagle, Deer and Coyote people, was given the Nal-e-ton-ne, or “Deer Medicine Seed”, which the Hunter-band still guards;
“and to the Macaw, Sun, and Frog peoples the Kia-et-ton-ne, or the “Medicine Seed of Water, which the Priesthood and the Sacred Dance, or Ka-ka, still hold – without the administration of which the world would dry up and even the insects of the mountains and hollows of the earth would grow thirsty and perish.
“Yet not less precious was the gift to the “Seed-people“, or Ta-a-kwe. This was the Tchu-et-ton-ne, or the “Medicine Seed of Corn” – for from this came the parents of flesh and beauty, the solace of hunger, the emblems of birth, mortal life, death, immortality.
“To the Badger people was given the knowledge of Fire, for in the roots of all trees, great and little – which the badger best knows how to find – dwells the essence of fire.