Creative Expression: The First Weaving

Loki: Chapter 16

A volcano erupts, spreading deliciously hot rock over the landscape. Because it is a healthy volcano, it erupts again, spewing out more hotness over the area. This volcano explodes again, and again and soon the plain is covered with a criss-crossing of lines. So children, you see that the idea of weaving is the idea of the Volcano God.

In reverence for the Volcano God, we gather long-plant fibers. We criss-cross them, and layer them with beauty. Then, we give them as a gift to the Volcano God as a thanks for the heat that comes from the volcano and gives us life.

So, the Volcano was the first weaver. But the first weaver of our kind was called Mirvi. Mirvi was gently eating by a volcano when Mirvi noticed that a small eruption was about to take place. Mirvi quickly swam some great distance away and sought shelter in a cave, and waited for the eruption. Mirvi gazed at the young, gathering to ride the shock waves that would soon rip thought the water*Then, came a glorious, life giving eruption.

During the eruption, Mirvi noticed the patterns of the hot rock on the plane. Suddenly struck with an idea, Mirvi gathered some plants from nearby. Mirvi separated the plants into fibers, and then criss-crossed them. The new creation was beautiful, and could be used for many things.

And so children, do not forget to thank the Volcano God for the wonderful idea of weaving.

*Translator's Note: The young on this planet like to ``surf'' the blasts of hot, rapidly moving water which are produced during volcanic eruptions. Because these creatures are cold-blooded, an extremely hot temperature gives them a high much like cocaine. This activity is not nearly as dangerous as it sounds; the water will not burn them. They are merely blasted along by the water for several kilometers. The only danger is being slammed into a cliff or the sea floor. However, these creatures swim high above the volcano before it erupts and are quite skilled swimmers.

Chris Jones
Sat Feb 18 00:31:33 MST 1995