* Over 200 entries on the creation myths of various peoples, belief systems, and religions from around the world, in addition to entries on the common features of many creation myths, such as the seed, the primordial being, the creative fire, water, and stages of creation
* 5 in-depth essays analyzing the nature and significance of the archetypal forms of creation myths
* A series of first person retellings of creation myths from different cultures by contemporary individuals
* Charts that categorize the myths according to type, theme, and geographical location
* An extensive glossary of terms related to creation myths-both general and specific
* An annotated bibliography of print and online resources for further exploration of all aspects of creation mythology
In Algonquin Indian lore, Manitou is a supernatural power that permeates the world, a power that can assume the form of a deity referred to as The Great Manitou or The Great Spirit, creator of all things and giver of life. In that sense, Manitou can be considered the counterpart of the Christian God. From early times, the belief in Manitou extended from the Algonquins in Eastern Canada to other tribal nations-the Odawa, Ojibwa, Oglala, and even the Cheyenne in the Western plains. As European settlers made their way across the land, the confrontation between Christianity and Native American religions revealed itself in various ways. That confrontation continues to this day.