Monument Valley Arizona Dawn
According to Navajo legend, the people of Dinetah progressed through three previous worlds before arriving in this, the Fourth World. First World was black as there was no light from the sun, moon or stars. The creatures who inhabited First World had no form and were called Mist People.
In this mythological world, First Man and First Woman were created. Their purpose was to arrange conditions suitable for the Navajo. Unfortunately, the Beings began quarreling and began casting evil spells upon one another, so First Man, First Woman, along with the Mist People left and moved up into the Second, or Blue World.
Here they found other people and also animals including badgers, wolves, kit foxes and cougars. These animals were at war with each other. To add to the chaos, the Evil Beings from First World had also emerged into Second World. Coyote, a cunning, but sometimes mischievous critter, who always exists in these stories, persuaded the people to leave the miseries of the Blue World and move to Third World.
The Third World was called Yellow World and had two rivers. One, a female, ran north and south. The other was male and it ran east and west. First Woman was not happy with Third World and wanted the people to move on to Fourth World so she encouraged Coyote to steal Water Monster’s baby knowing it would anger Water Monster. Water Monster, as expected, caused a great flood. All the people and animals climbed up and out of Yellow World and descended into the Fourth or Glittering World. Turkey was the last to escape the rising flood waters. At the last moment, the waters touched the tip of Turkey’s tail feathers and that is why, to this day, the tip of the turkey’s tail feathers are white.
In Fourth World the deities, called Yay-ee-ee, taught the people how to live in the peaceful way and First Man and First Woman taught the people how to build hogans and to bless them with white and yellow cornmeal along with pollen and powder from prayer sticks. The first hogan was supported by five forked poles, one from the north, south and west. Two poles supported the doorway which was always in the east because First Headman, who gave wisdom to the people who lived in that direction.