The people repeatedly became distant from Sotuknang, the creator.
Twice he destroyed the world (by fire and by cold) and recreated
it while the few people who still lived by the laws of creation
took shelter underground with the ants. When people became corrupt
and warlike a third time, Sotuknang guided them to Spider Woman,
who cut down giant reeds and sheltered the people in the hollow
stems. Sotuknang caused a great flood, and the people floated
in their reeds for a long time. They emerged after coming to rest
on a small piece of land. They still had as much food as they
started with. Guided by their inner wisdom (which comes from Sotuknang
through the door at the top of their head), the people traveled
on, using the reeds as canoes. They went northeast, finding progressively
larger islands, until they came to the Fourth World. When they
reached it, they saw the islands sink into the ocean.