Stories That Made Us

Few things are constant across all humanity and throughout time. Stories are one of them. Some stories we forget, while some stay with us forever. Some are stories of culture, morals, and philosophies that guide us to happy and meaningful lives. 

These are stories of Gods and Demons, of Heroes and Legends, epic battles and wars; stories of fortitude and inner strength, of fighting against all odds and emerging victorious.

These stories inevitably become tales that determine our moral compass, justify norms and mores of our society, and provide a proud self-identity, and a socio-cultural belonging. These become the stories that give us meaning. 

This podcast is about such stories. Those that are deeply rooted within us, governing our morality and principles. So join us on a journey across cultures, tribes, civilizations, and religions, as we identify and discuss those stories that matter. The stories that made us.


23. Hungarians, Sami, and Romanians
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22. Myths from India: Part I
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21. The Native American Hopi
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This episode showcases two such tales of the Hopi, a Native American tribe of the United States. This tale is one of the many Native American stories that we've covered over the past months. Check out episode 1 for tales of the Achomawi, Atsugewi, and Acoma Pueblo. Episodes 4 and 6 recounts the stories of various Apache and Algonquian-speaking tribes respectively while episode 9 features the Arikara and the Arapaho. You'll find the fascinating stories of the Cherokee, Caddo, and Cheyenne in episode 12, and the creek, crow, and Diegueno in episode 15. Now that plugging previous episodes is out of the way, let's get back to the creation myth of the Hopi.

The Hopi is a sovereign nation, living on several mesas (or flat topped hills) that rise above the surrounding Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona. Their lands encompass more than 1.5 million acres and are made up of predominantly 12 villages on three mesas.


Their society is perhaps best known to us for their elaborate dance ceremonies. These ceremonies involve mysterious spirit figures known as the kachina. 


First is their tale of the creation of the world, and our origin and place in it. I apologize in advance for any mistakes made while pronouncing some of the names.

This particular tale is highlighted in the following story as was told to the missionary and ethnographer Henrich Voth in 1905. This story not only talks of the origin of the world, animals, and man but also discusses the arrival of the Spaniards. Needless to say, by the time the story had been recorded, the colonial invasion had permeated into the Hopi culture and stories. 

The following myth is recorded in the book titled "The Traditions of the Hopi, Anthropological Series" by Henrich Voth. Please check the description for details about the text. The full reference of the text is as under:

H. R. Voth, The Traditions of the Hopi, Anthropological Series, vol. 8, Chicago: Field Columbian Museum, 1905, 1–16

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Distant Lands

Artist: Hanu Dixit

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Cumulus Nimbus

Artist: Quincas Moreira

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Egmont Overture by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (



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Court and Page

Artist: Silent Partner

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Published Oct 12, 2020 at 8:52am
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17. The Ancient Egyptians
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10. The Buddhists
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9. The Native American Arikara and Arapaho Tribes
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8. The Celts of Europe
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7. The Austronesian Bagobo, Batak,and Banks Islands Tribes, African Bulu and Asian Buryat Tribes
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6. The Algonquian Native American Tribes: Wabanaki, Anishinaabe, BlackFoot and Blood
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