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UCC Student Projects
Topic: Community Leadership
Rationale: To listen to an Okanagan Legend, discuss aspects of community leadership, and evaluate characteristics of leadership roles.
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Okanagan Indian Legend of "Turtle"
Turtle lived with his partner Muskrat. They were free because they were the only ones who did not race Eagle. They knew they could not run very fast.
One night Turtle dreamed. He was told, "You must race Eagle tomorrow to free the animal people. They must be free when the people-to-be come".
In the morning Turtle told Muskrat, "Get up! Go for a swim! Get Ready! We must race Eagle."
"You can't beat him, Turtle!!! You can't beat him. He flies fast," said Muskrat. "I know. All our people lost. But my dream told me to race and win," Turtle replied.
Together they went to Eagle's amp. Turtle told Eagle, "I will race you tomorrow." "Alright, Turtle. Tomorrow we will race when the sun comes up. If you win, the people are yours," Eagle answered.
"Yes," Turtle agreed.
"But if I win, Turtle, I will keep you here. You are betting your life on this race."
As Turtle crawled away, all the animal people laughed. They did not think they would ever be free.
The next day Turtle met Eagle to race him. Eagle told him, "Choose your place, Turtle. I will race you any distance."
"Anyplace?" Turtle asked. Eagle replied, "Our people hear me, anyplace, Turtle." Quickly Turtle said, "Then carry me up in the air, Eagle. I will tell you when to drop me. From there we will race. Whoever reaches the ground first, wins."
Eagle was worried. Eagle took Turtle high up. When Turtle yelled, "Let go!!!" Eagle dropped him. He fell like a rock. Eagle tried to catch him. Turtle stuck out his head, "E-e-eeeee!!! Hurry, Eagle! I will beat you!"
Then Turtle pulled in his head and fell faster.
The animal people watched. They shouted for Turtle. Muskrat jumped around and his tail whipped in the air.His partner was winning!!!! Eagle was close! He thought, "Turtle will hit the ground like a rock!"
Turtle did, but he stood up and told the animal people, "I am Chief. You are free. Go where you like, animal people. Anywhere!!!"
The animal people scattered. They would tell the people-to-be about the first races.
Turtle spoke to Eagle, "You know, I can't always beat you, Eagle. But I dreamed, and I learned how to beat you. I will not take your speed. You will always be the fastest one. You will catch what you want to eat. When the people-to-be come, they will dream too, and they will learn from their dreams. Just as I did."
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