Not at all sure it is needed but here is the longer first statement of the myth. Are you familiar with this? I wasn’t.
According to an ancient Iroquois legend, the gradual fading of eternal power and light in the cosmos made necessary the activity of a creator god whose task was, for the sake of the whole universe, to bring into being the earth and all its creatures. His name in the Onondaga language, De‘haĕnhiyawắ’khon’, means He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands (my emphasis); and in the legend, he represents the power to remember one’s higher identity in the midst of action in the world. He has, however, a twin brother who declares: ‘I am not thinking about the place from where I came … It is sufficient that my mind is satisfied in having arrived at this place … This place will become exceedingly delightful and amusing to the mind … I trust in the thing which my father gave me, a flint arrow, by which I have speech. This I will use perhaps to defend myself so that I will not think of that other place.’ His name is O’ha’a, which means He Who Is Crystal Ice, He Who Is Flint; subsequently he is referred to simply as Flint. He represents ‘evil in the form of forgetfulness, intentional forgetfulness of the higher identity’.4
He Grasps the Sky With Both Hands begins creating living creatures. Flint sees the animals that his brother creates and how good they are; and he is jealous. He gathers all his brother’s animals together and puts them in a cave. Troubled by this, He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands tries to cut himself off from his brother. Flint then tries on his own to imitate his brother. He creates his own birds, flowers and fruits. His brother is more troubled than before. But his realisation is that it is only when Flint is cut off from his brother that he does wrong. So He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands rescinds the act of separating himself off from the evil, and returns to his brother to see what he has done.
It turns out that Flint has created not birds, but flies and bats; not flowers, but thistles; not fruit, but thorns.
Seeing this, the good brother embraces his brother’s work, giving all that Flint has made their proper names (that is, assigning them their proper role in the scheme of things) and declaring, ‘All this shall assist me. The flies shall assist me. The thistle will be food for small animals, the thorn will be food for game animals …’ The mind of Flint was gratified. But Flint goes on attempting to imitate the works of creation, and He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands comes to understand that it is right that he maintain a small distance from his brother, while at the same time keeping his attention upon him, neither letting him drift too far from his awareness, nor letting him blend with him. The good brother understands full well that Flint will forever attempt to destroy his rule.
He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands consults an ‘Ancient One’ who confirms this: Flint will aim to destroy his benign superintendence of creation.
He Grasps the Sky With Both Hands goes back to the most primitive source of being. From it he brings the light of the sun into the world. He starts to create human beings, a man and a woman. Into each he sees it is good that he should give some of his own life, his breath, his mind and his power of speech.
But all is not well. Seeing what his brother has done, Flint decides that he too can make human beings. Flint’s experiments, however, result only in strange, anguished, misbegotten creatures that run from him and hide. So he turns to his brother for help.
As Flint prepared to cross again the narrow channel that separated him from his brother, he was startled to see that He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands had already crossed the water and was coming towards him. Flint greeted him, saying ‘I have come to meet you because I desire your aid in causing the human being to live’.
He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands agreed and went to the place where the human being was. He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands took a portion of his own life and put it inside the human being. So also he took a portion of his own mind and enclosed it in the head of the human being. And so also a portion of his own blood and enclosed it inside the flesh of the human being. And so too did he take a portion of the power to see and enclosed it in the head of the human being. So also he took a portion of his power to speak and enclosed it in the throat of the human being. Finally, he also placed his breath in the body of the human being. Just then the human being came to life, and he arose, and stood upon the earth here.
Turning to Flint, He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands spoke: ‘I now have aided you in this matter. And now, I see that this human being will become hostile to me. What will come to pass because of that?
Flint replied, ’Since both you and I took part in completing this human being, let both you and I have control over it. In that way you will have something to say concerning these human beings who will dwell on the earth.’ He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands agreed to that, adding: ‘That human being whom I alone created , who is the first human being to become alive on this earth - we shall call him real human being. And this human being whom you and I have now created and is now alive on this earth, we shall call him the hatchet maker, the bringer of strife.
In time the moon is created, initially under the power of Flint and evil, but it eventually comes under the power of the good brother. The brothers depart the realm of this earth. But He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands, before he leaves warns that there are two minds in human beings; and that if they pursue strife, rather than peace, they will end
In the place where my brother dwells. And there you will see great suffering, and you will be famished, and you will be without liberty, and you will share the fate of my brother. I have confined him, and I have kindled a fire for him, and for this purpose I used his anger. This fire is hotter than any fire you have ever known; and this fire will burn eternally in that my brother even now desires to control all minds among human beings.
‘Which ever mind you choose, you must obey it’, he says. If mankind forgets, He Grasps The Sky With Both Hands will try to intervene twice on behalf of mankind, but if a third time it comes to pass that you forget, then you will see what will come to pass. The things upon which you live will diminish so that finally nothing more will be able to grow … It will be my brother who will all this, for he will be able to seduce the minds of all human beings and thus spoil all that I have completed. Now I leave the matter to you.