Epic floods are part of the mythology of peoples around the world. In North America, they are part of both Christianity and many Native peoples.
The stories are almost identical. There was an upheaval, a leader prepared for a flood, the flood came, but the leader’s clan and all animals were saved.
Here in the Manitoba Museum is the myth of a flood experienced by the first peoples to inhabit North America, the Algonkia or Angonquins. Their great spiritual figure, Wee-Sa-Kay-Jac, called on the Thunderbird to give people warning the flood was coming.
The Thunderbird, in turn, called to Nekomas, daughter of the moon and of the Great Chiefs, it was coming. Nekomas called to the moon to delay the flood until she had time to prepare.
One raft was built for the people, another for the world’s animals. The flood came for a long time.
When Nekomas thought it might be ending, she tossed a beaver overboard to see if it could find land. It was unsuccessful. Before she tossed in a muskrat, the muskrat told her if he died, she should look in his mouth to see if he had a bite soil–a sign the flood was ending.
The dead muskrat floated to the top with soil in its mouth. In the Noah story, a raven and dove with an olive branch were substituted for the beaver and muskrat with mud in its mouth.
All of these myths, that of Noah and a different native one attached below, are fun to read.