The Heart of the First Oak

October 2005
News from Native California;Fall2005, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p24
This article presents a legend about the oak tree. It is stated that in the Maidu creation myth, the Creator's first act, after forming the dry land, was to cause a great oak tree to spring up on which grew all the twelve varieties of acorns. The miraculous tree was cut down and in the heart of the tree was found a peculiar substance from which a blood flowed.


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