Why The Skunk Is Sacred

When the world was first made, the Wind People were given the responsibility of naming all the animals. First, they had to pass a test to prove they were worthy. Unetlanvhi put a rabbit and skunk near the Wind People and told them to choose which animal of the two was most sacred. They looked and thought very hard as to which animal would be more sacred and which would be less.

After a while, all the Wind People agreed that the skunk would be more sacred - for its smell could ward off any animal. The ability to ward off animals was held in high esteem in medicine. They told Unetlanvhi they chose the skunk, and He said, “You have chosen wisely.” The Wind Clan then went on to name the rest of the animals, and Unetlanvhi took the rabbit and made it into the trickster.