The Northeast Woodland Native Americans had a different idea on how the world was started than many of us do now. They believed that in a place named Sky World, and in the center of this place, stood a Great Tree. The tree had roots pointing North, East, South, and West. The Great Tree was not to be touched by anyone because it was sacred. However, one day a woman wanted some of its bark and got her husband to take some. Soon, however, there was a hole in the floor of Sky World. The lady fell into the hole and onto a flock of swans' wings. They did not know what to do with her because there was no land; there was only water and the creatures inside of it. A turtle soon said, "There is room on my back ." The swans placed the woman on the turtle's back and flew away. Then, realizing that the woman would need earth to live on, the creatures of the sea dove down to get a little earth. Finally, a muskrat managed and placed the earth on top of the turtle's back. When the woman began to walk in a circle the same direction as the sun, the mud grew until it became Turtle Island (which is the name for what the Iroquois called their home in North America). The woman then dropped the seeds and berries she had from Sky World, and they sprouted into the plants and trees that now cover the earth. Her children became known as "Hodenosaunee", which means "people of the long house" (this is what they called themselves).