Here is a story from the Lakota oral
Our elders tell
of our sacred beginnings. The great spirit, who grew out of stone
after the earth was made, created our ancestors. He took our bones from
stone, our bodies from earth, and our souls from himself and wind and
Sun warmed us.
Wisdom gave us intelligence. Moon gave us affection. Revealer gave us
longing and love for children. All their gifts gave us life.
A council of the
spirits decided our purpose—to respect and care for the spirits—and
gave us our name: Pte Oyate, buffalo nation.
nation had lived some time in the underworld, Spider the Trickster, sent
Wolf to the strongest young man in the nation. Wolf told Tokahe that
life would be easy on the surface of the earth. The holy man, Tatanka,
warned Tokahe not to go there. But Tokahe and the people did not listen.
And so they found passage to the Black Hills through Wind Cave.
When the people
found life on the earth hard, Spider laughed at their folly. But Tatanka,
who had stayed in the Underworld, saw our nation in a vision.
We could not
speak to the spirits. We lost our language and had to invent a new one.
We became Ikce Wicasa, the ordinary people. To help us Tatanka
came to earth as a great shaggy beast. He could speak for us directly
with the spirits. He was willing to give up his life so we could have
food, shelter and clothing. And so, from the beginning, Ikce Wicasa
lived with the buffalo in the area around the Black Hills.