Why the Lake Is Blue

“The Six Nations believed that the Great Spirit–the Invisible Hand–drained the Genesee country of its water, only the narrow, finger-shaped cluster of lakes remaining. Skaneateles Lake is deep blue, and they said that when the heavens used to be nearer to the earth than they are now, the sky spirits leaned out of their home to admire themselves in this mirror. The lake spirit fell in love with them and absorbed the color of their robes into the water, so that it is of a fine, deep blue to this day.”

— “The Blue Skaneateles” in American Myths & Legends (1903) by Charles Montgomery Skinner


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