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Reading Notes, California and the Old Southwest, Part B

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Origin of the Sierra Nevadas and Coast Range:
This story is about the creation of the world. Early on, there was nothing but water covering the entire planet. In one spot though, there was a large pole which two birds sat on. These two birds were the Hawk and the Crow. For many ages, they would fight for the top of the pole to perch on. One day they created other birds. These birds were Kingfisher, Eagle, Pelican, and Duck. Duck was able to dive deep into the water unlike the others, and when she dove once, she collected a beak full of mud and then died on the journey back to the surface. When she finally surfaced, Hawk and Crow took the mud from her beak and created the mountains. After they had finished creating their mountain ranges, Hawk realized that Crow's mountain range was much larger. He used some Indian tobacco which made him wise, and then circled Crow's mountains with more which then made Hawk's territory larger.

Legend of Tu-tok-a-nu'-la (El Capitan):
Two …

Reading Notes, California and the Old Southwest Part A

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Creation and Longevity: Coyote and Eagle are the main characters. Together they helped form the earth and all of its life. They each had separate jobs during the creation. Coyote created the planet, while eagle created the mountains. Coyote created hills, while Eagle created the valleys and ridges. Eagle was responsible for creating trees and bushes, and Coyote was responsible for medicine. Together they created man, and decided that if man wanted to live, they could, but if they wanted to die, they would let them die. Coyote was responsible for fire to warm the Indians.
Ole Mole and Coyote: In this story, we hear about the journey that Coyote took to get the fire back to the Indians. He traveled eastward towards the white Fire Stone and stole the fire stone to bring back to the Indians so that they could be warm. We then hear about Sun, and his nine brothers. Each of them was flaming hot just like Sun, so Coyote had to kill the nine brothers to save the world from burning. Then we hea…

Tokonowa's Convoy

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Ryker was the military specialist of a special city just outside of Tokonowa. He was known to be extremely skilled in martial arts and had many weapons that he was a true master with handling. He had been a part of an unidentifiable assault team that his country used to gain power in their kingdom. For his entire life, Ryker had trained countless hours a day to help his team achieve glorious victories in every battle they went into. Their team was known as the Convoy's, and it was Tokonowa's greatest military unit in all of the city's history.

Ryker had several teammates who were specialists in other areas of fighting, Gino was good with guns, Amus was good with swords, and Becker was the best in the kingdom with hand to hand combat. Each day these four warriors would train together in the kingdoms training arena, working on their skills and battling against simulated experiences that would better prepare them in real life combat. After each week of hard training, they wou…

Reading Notes: Japanese Mythology B

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The Labors of Yamato - The Grotto of Love: Yamato (male) was married to Tacibana (female). He worried that she was too devote, and he thought she was tedious and of little worth. One day he went out hunting to get away from her, and he heard an eerie sound coming from a grotto. There was a legend about this grotto, claiming that it would pull people in with its beauty, and then never releasing. He swam towards it nonetheless. When he stepped onto land, a dragon appeared underneath his feet. When he got further in he saw nothing but beautiful sights, gems, coral, and other mystical things. He was then greeted by a mermaid who told him that he was in the presence of Benten, the female Goddess of Deathless Love. She told him to seek for the golden apple.

The Labors of Yamato - The Golden Apple: This story is about the legend of a physician named Jofuku, who traveled to the Isle of Life Eternal, and found the Tree of Youth Immortal. This is where the golden apple was from. Once the man ha…

Reading Notes: Japanese Mythology Part A

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Izanagi and Izanami: Izanagi is the God of the Heavens, and Izanami is his wife, and the "Beautiful Goddess of Love." Before the beginning of time, all was chaotic, but suddenly a cloud arose. Within this cloud was a seed, and once this seed was planted it began to grow. This seed bloomed into the sun. From this, another seed was dispersed, and this seed turned into the moon. From the moon, many seeds were sent out, and these became gods and goddesses. Izanagi connected the heavens and the moon and sun, and finally decided he wanted to find more land, and after searching for a while, he came upon the island of Onogora. From here he attached a floating bridge. From that bridge, earth-makers descended from the heavens to create the planet. After some time developing the planet, Izanagi and Izanami wed and then Izanami birthed eight descendants, which became the eight islands of Japan. These were Yamato (the Flowery Isle of the Dragon-fly), then Tsukushi (the White Sun Youth), …

Week 8 Progress

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For the first couple weeks of the semester, I got really behind in this class and am still playing catch up every week in order to get the points I need still. I have started to become more comfortable with the class's assignments and progressions, but still find it hard to get myself to do everything in time. I am still working on utilizing the schedule that I have laid out more efficiently but overall am figuring things out. For the second part of the semester, I know that I need to be doing as much extra credit as possible, so I plan on working on some of those assignments over the break so that I can get all caught up with what I have already lost points on.

Week 8 Comments and Feedback

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Since the beginning of the class, I have enjoyed reading the feedback I have received from my classmates, especially on my introduction post. The intro posts have been one of my favorite assignments in this class so far, and I really enjoy reading my classmates introductions as well. I have had a very good time reading other people's stories from this class and commenting my thoughts on them. I think that it has been very fun to read and compare their stories to my own, and see how we might have interpreted the same story in completely different ways.

Moving forward, I noticed that I have had a few people telling me that they would get an error message when they tried getting to my comment wall, but others also telling me they were able to get to it easily. I guess I will just need to monitor this in the other comments posted on my comment wall.