What does the Kiowa story about the seven sisters and their brother explain?
This legend explains the creation of the Big Dipper constellation as well as the rock formation called Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming. This story is told in Momaday’s Introduction. Eight Kiowa children were playing in the area. All of a sudden, the only boy in the group underwent an unusual transformation: he became a bear. Immediately afraid of their brother, the seven sisters climbed a tree to get away from him. The bear used his sharp claws to scrape the bark around the base of the tree. The girls were somehow lifted up into the sky. They became the seven stars that make up the Big Dipper. On the ground, the large tree that the bear clawed is now known as Devil’s Tower. The Kiowa passed along this story from one generation to another.