The Nature of Legend
From the Yakama Nation Museum
The world of Giants prepared the way for the world we know today.
The world of Giants is the subject of legend.
The legends tell the history of our People, and
Teach us by example how to live and die.
Legends teach that mastery in the art of living takes time, and
Only the elders are wise.
Legends teach that the universal truths are revealed by experience,
When man is alive to the world of spirit in which he lives.
Legends predict the secrets of Nature
We can perhaps unlock for ourselves,
In a world where a tree can be our protector or our enemy, and
A chipmunk can have a sense of humor.
Legends tell of powers of Nature
We must treat with great respect.
We are but visitors here,
Charged with preserving and passing on our heritageIn abundance and unharmed.