Apache   EMERGENCE

The Apache people turn to many oral traditions for explanations about how and when their ancestors came to be in the Verde Valley. The traditional story of emergence tells how the Apaches were created out of the land. They emerged from the underworld, or the First World, through Montezuma Well. They then moved into the Second World where people were able to talk to animals. In the Third World there was a great flood. After this, the white-painted lady [Changing Woman] who survived the flood in a log, arrived at Boynton Canyon where she had a daughter. The daughter later bore a son, the Killer of Enemies, who sanctified the land by killing all the monsters, making the land safe and holy.‚Äč