Rolling Turtle

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Turtles have an intricate history in many indigenous cultures. In fact some cultures believe that the earth rose from the back of a turtle’s shell. In one folktale from Brazil, a flute playing, dancing turtle is caught by a hungry man and escapes by tricking his children into letting him out to demonstrate his dancing skills. The turtle escapes and the children paint a rock as a turtle in order to deceive their father and hide the fact that they allowed the turtle to get away.

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