THE SURVIVORS: THE OJIBWA TRIBE
Before long, when the sun was high, the day suddenly grew brighter. The people all looked up in panic and someone shouted, “look! A second sun is in the sky!” The new star was growing larger, brighter, and hotter as it hurtled towards them. It became so bright that they had to shield their eyes.
The people who had not covered themselves with mud ran for shelter in terror, bit it was too late. The star flew down to Earth and blanketed the world with its long, flowing and glowing tail. Tall trees burst into flame like giant torches, lake and river began to boil and even the rocks glowed and shattered in the heat, as terrible fire swallowed the entire world.
Then suddenly, when the heat was the greatest and the people in the bog thought even they would surely die, the star climbed back up and moved away from Earth.
After the world had cooled down, the mud-covered people cautiously came out of the bog to look around. Stunned, they saw that the world had changed completely. In all directions, all that remained were smoldering blackened trees and scorched grasslands. The people who had not listened to Chimantou had perished among with the great animals. Only their skeletons remained.
The people were afraid and did not know what to do until Chimantou came to them and said, “Put aside your fear. The star is gone for now. Go out and multiply, for this new world is yours. But if I come to warn you another time, do not forget to listen, because Long-Tailed-Heavenly-Climb
This story comes from a tribe from northeastern North America, the Ojibwa, part of the larger Algonquin tribal group, who call themselves the "First People." Their traditions go back to the Ice Age. This is one of their oldest stories and least symbolic stories that have survived.