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Utah’s Great Salt Lake Using Myths and Legends to Build Schema. What is a Myth?. A myth is an attempt to explain a natural process like the motion of the sun across the sky. . Why Do People Make Myths?.

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Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

Utah’s Great Salt LakeUsing Myths and Legendsto Build Schema


What is a myth

What is a Myth?

A myth is an attempt to explain a natural process like the motion of the sun across the sky.


Why do people make myths

Why Do People Make Myths?

People use their schema, or what they know, to explain something they don’t understand.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

Myths about the Great Salt Lake


Gold and jewels

Gold and Jewels

Mexican explorers heard myths about piles of gold and mines full of jewels where the Great Salt Lake is today. In 1500 they set off to become rich.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

What schema do you have about the Great Salt Lake that might explain this myth?


An ocean connection

An Ocean Connection

By the 1700’s, explorers knew there weren’t jewels and gold, but still believed there was a great body of water that connected to the Pacific Ocean. This would save them months of travel by mule to get to California.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

What schema do you have about the Great Salt Lake that might explain this myth?


Is there a lake

Is There a Lake?

Fathers Dominguez and Escalante went too far south.

Lewis and Clark stayed too far north.

The lake remained legend.


Mountain man rendezvous

Mountain Man Rendezvous

The mountain men argued over whether or not the Bear River ran into the Great Salt Lake. Jim Bridger set off to settle the argument.


Ruined dreams

Ruined Dreams

Bridger found the lake was landlocked and no good for drinking. The coast was marshy and muddy. The salt flats looked solid but were often a thin film over muck.


Monster legends

Monster Legends

After their dreams were crushed, people began to tell legends of monsters in the lake.


New schema changes myths

New Schema Changes Myths

After people had more schema about the lake, the myths changed. Why do you think the myths began to tell of monsters and danger?


A hungry monster

A Hungry Monster

A monster like the Loch Ness Monster was said to eat people.


Monster legends1

Monster Legends

Giants were said to ride elephants on the islands.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

What schema did people have about the lake?

What were people trying to explain?

What schema do you have about the lake that might explain the monsters?


Monster legends2

Monster Legends

The bottom of the Lake was said to randomly open up and swallow everything nearby. Everyone avoided the lake until the pioneers settled nearby.


North shore monster

North Shore Monster

In 1847 a man claimed to see a creature that looked like a dolphin in the lake near Antelope Island. Some called it the North Shore Monster.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

Do you have schema for dolphins that also fits your schema for the lake?

What kind of water do dolphins live in?


Buffalo or monster

Buffalo or Monster?

In 1877 some men working at the lake claimed they were attacked by a large monster with a crocodile body and a horse’s head The men ran away and hid until morning. Many people believe it was only a buffalo in the lake.


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

What schema do you have for buffalo?

What do they act like?

What do they look like?

Could this explain the creature?


Utah s great salt lake using myths and legends to build schema

What new schema do you have about the Great Salt Lake or the people who explored and settled near the lake?


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