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When there was only emptiness, Kooch, the first being, cried his solitude and from its tears, the world began to exist. In the afterword we talk about the Tehuelche's history and we finalize with a Guarani creation myth. Web source: www. Book: Legends, myths, stories and other Tehuelche tales, presented by F. Cordova y N. Published Longseller. Mariela Eva Rodriguez y Laura Horlent. Memory of FiIre, Genesis.
Eduardo Galeano. Pantheon Books New York. Web source: UN mito tehuelche: kooch, el creador de la Patagonia. A Tehuelche myth Patagonia Argentina-Chile. Adapted by Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. The Tehuelches tell that long time ago there was no sky, no sea, no land, only a vast obscurity, and its dense, and humid duskiness.
And inside that darkness lived the one that had always existed, Kooch, the sky. Surrounded by the greatest of all the silences, where he could only hear his own deep sighs.
It is said that although his own presence, and existence had been enough for him for so long, in a moment of unexplainable, and profound solitude, he cried. And he cried because although he did not know love, he longed for company. Although he knew the sound of his own sighs, he wished to hear a song. Although he was used to the darkness, he wondered how a colorful world would be.
He cried his emptiness for such a long time that his salted tears filled with sadness, created a vast ocean, known as Arrok, the first sea, the first element of nature. When Kooch realized that the waters were rising with such a nostalgic quietness that threaten to absorb him, he stopped crying and just sighed. And that deep sigh became the wind that began to blow, breaking, and dissolving that old obscurity.
And with its dancing steps, the wind began to agitate the waters of Arrok in rhythmic tides. Some say that it was the wind who dissipated the fog, revealing the light and the horizon.
Who knows, maybe one led to the other. The elders say that surrounded by water, and darkness Kooch wished to see the world that was taking form. So, he walked away hoping he could contemplate it from a distance.
It is said that that gesture was so quick, and graceful that his hand produced a spark that became Xaleshen, the sun. The one who from the moment he was born, he knew his role. So, Xaleshen rose up over the tides of Arrok, and shone over the landscape. Over those waters that were letting themselves go, allowing the wind to play with them, contracting and dissolving.
Next, Xaleshen, the sun created the clouds, who immediately felt an urge for tirelessly wandering throughout the skies.
When the wind saw the clouds, he felt the desire of playing with them too. So, he began to push them around huffing, and puffing, watching them stretch, and change forms as he pleased. He blew them so strongly, so violently that the clouds began to clash against each other becoming thin strips. And the poor clouds, so young, so confused about what was going on, began to grunt, and cry in resounding thunders, and sharp lightnings that put the naughty wind in his place.
In the meantime, Kooch began to model his art. First, he filled the waters with fish, and then created a huge island, and filled it with land animals, birds, and insects. Everything was looking so beautiful that the sun, the wind and the clouds agreed to help preserve the work. The sun promised to shine and warm up the land. The clouds promised to bring the beneficial rain.
And the wind promised to blow with moderation so the grass could grow again, and again. Next, feeling another inspirational thought, the creator, crossed the waters, and made a larger piece of land raise from the waters. Once he was satisfied, Kooch smiled, and walked towards the horizon from where he never returned.
One day, Noshtex, one of Tons arrogant children, either because of boredom or resentment, kidnapped Teo, one of the clouds, and locked her in his cave.
Impotent, and in despair the clouds filled themselves with fury, and unleashed a terrible storm. The rain poured down the mountain, washing away everything in its course, flooding caves, holes, and nests.
After three days and three nights, Xaleshen, the sun wanted to know what was causing such a big drama, and appeared among the clouds. When he found out the details, he set off over the horizon to tell Kooch the unsettling news. Without losing his temper Kooch declared: I promised you that the abuser will be punished; And, if Teo is with child, that child will be more powerful than whoever started this mess!
Next morning, Xaleshen went to communicate the prophecy to the sadden clouds. Who told Xochem, the wind, who gave the news to everyone who had ears to listen. Xochem did such a great job delivering the message that he stopped at the entrance of each cavern, each hole, each nest, making sure that every animal, bird, insect, plant, and dust particle, understood what Kooch had decreed.
When the giant Noshtex realized what could happen to him, fear cramped his stomach, and for the first time the giant felt afraid of the one who hadn't been born but could destroy him. So, one night while Teo slept, Noshtex hit her with such fury that was able to rip her, and pulled out the baby from her entrails. Then Noshtex proceeded to dismember the fallen cloud. However, not everything was lost. Someone else inside the cave had heard the prophecy, Ter-Werr, a rodent who had her home underground.
It is said that Ter-Werr was the one who saved the child. Noshtex cried in pain dropping the baby. Quickly Ter-Werr grabbed the child, and swiftly took him away, and hid him under the ground. But the shelter was too precarious for both. Noshtex paced back, and forth with sounding steps making the whole cave shiver in fear of crumbling down. Then the giant went out to look through the island for that nefarious child that one day could inflict pain, and destruction upon his father.
Tee-Werr had no other option than to ask the animals for help. An assembly was convened, and the urgent matter discussed. So, his vengeful father could never get hold of him. The day came and Ter-Werr took the child to the shores of a lake, and hid him among some logs, and called Kiken, the chingolo, to call all the animals so they could help escort the child to safety.
But not everyone attended the call. Thanks to the brave intervention of this little bird, Noshtex arrived late to conclude his evil deed. He even missed seeing when the swan took off carrying the baby on his back. All that Noshtex saw was a white majestic bird crossing the skies towards the west. Very well let's talk about the culture from which this story comes from, the Tehuelches.
One of the first descriptions given about the people from La Patagonia bottom of South America was that its inhabitants were giants. Such a story was passed down from mouth to mouth, later from newspapers to books, repeating that in that part of the world the people had a disproportionate height. Indeed, they seemed to be tall, but they were not the type of giants the Europeans had in mind, the ones depicted in their myths and lore. These groups, along with the Gununa Kuna, and the Aoninenk were part of the big Tehuelche family.
Different from most of the Tehuelche groups, the northern ones adopted the horse brought by the Europeans. It should be mentioned that the 16th century brought lots of changes for the Tehuelche family.
It might have caused some friction, but it also created alliances. In consequence by the 20th century the native groups of Las Pampas do you remember episode 9? This means that the alliances brought a mix of languages, arts, and traditions.
During that same century, the Argentinean government like many other governments in the Americas claimed in the name of progress that the indigenous people had to be civilized to resemble the European or Criollo cultures.
Such progress implied that the natives had to forget their language, traditions, beliefs and history. Similar to what happened to the natives at the missions in the southwest of the United States.
For instance, those children who would speak their native language in the classroom would be punished. That's how in in Argentina, language was used by scientists, and politicians as a way to dictate who was a native, and who was not. And unfortunately, is still like that in many places. Not too long ago I heard on the news about a school teacher here in the States that tried to shame a student she heard was speaking Spanish. This to say that usually those who are in power and consider themselves as the dominant culture or the civilized people have used language as a discriminatory tool to segregate, and classify, superior vs inferior, developed vs undeveloped And by the way who knows what civilized people means, because in the name of civilization the most diabolical massacres have been committed,.
Such lie repeated itself for so long that more than one especially in schools believed it. Because when we declare that something is the last , we are saying that nothing else comes after, that it is their end. On the other hand, some may claim that the same natives made themselves invisible too.
By encouraging their children to learn the language and the ways of the newcomers so they would not suffer. And even if that was a reason, I would not blame them, you do what it takes to keep your children away from punishment. As well the Maquiavelllian tactic of divide and conquer was applied. Do you remember that I said at the beginning that during the 16th century the Mapuches began to migrate south towards the Tehuelche lands?
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