"Old Turtle had never said so much before.
All the beings of the world were surprised,
and became very quiet.

"But Old Turtle had one more thing to say.

" 'There will soon be
a new family of beings in the world,' she said,
'and they will be strange and wonderful.

" 'They will be reminders of all that God is.

" 'They will come in many colors and shapes,
with different faces
and different ways of speaking.

" 'Their thought will soar to the stars,
but their feet will walk the earth.

" 'They will possess many powers.
They will be strong, yet tender,
a message of love from God to the earth,
and a prayer from the earth back to God.'

"And the people came."