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The early Blackfeet knew that the world was created by Napi (Old Man).

When the world began, it was all water, and Napi and the animals were all together. Napi decided to send Otter into the depths of the water to get some earth. After a long time the otter surfaced, dead. Duck, Badger, and Beaver also tried, but each came to the surface dead. Finally, Muskrat tried, and after an extremely long time surfaced with a small ball of mud in his paws. Napi then took the mud and with his strong medicine, he made the ball of mud swell and grow larger, until it became the completed earth.

This is how Napi created the earth