Myths and Legends of the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes
Page: 64The brother said, “Do you see those children?” and he sent a dart down from the Sky-plain. At once a little boy fell to the ground. Then all the people gathered about the lodge of his father. The Indian, looking down through the hole, could hear the she-she-gwan of the meta, and the loud singing. Then Sun, the brother, called down, “Send me up a white dog.”
Immediately a white dog was killed by the medicine men, and roasted, because the child’s father ordered a feast. All the wise men and the medicine men were there.
Sun said to the Indian, “Their ears are open and they listen to my voice.”
Now the Indians on the Earth-plain divided the dog, and placed pieces on the bark for those who were at [Pg 188] that feast. Then the master of the feast called up, “We send this to thee, Great Manito.” At once the roasted dog came up to Sun in the Sky-plain. Thus Sun and the Indian had food. Then Sun healed the boy whom he had struck down. Then he began again to travel along the trail in the Sky-plain, and they reached their wigwam by another road.
Then O-na-wut-a-qui-o began to weary of the Sky-land. At last he said to Moon, “I wish to go home.”
Moon said, “Since you like better the care and poverty of the earth, you may return. I will take you back.”
At once the Indian youth awoke. He was in the very plain where he had fallen asleep after he had blackened his face and begun his fast. But his mother said he had been gone a year.
TASHKA AND WALO
Choctaw (Bayou Lacomb)
TASHKA and Walo were brothers. They lived a long while ago, so they say. Every morning they saw Sun come up over the edge of the earth. Then he followed the trail through the sky.
When they were four years old, they started to follow Sun’s trail. They walked all day, but that night when Sun died, they were still in their own country. They knew all the hills and rivers. Then they slept.
Next morning they began again to follow Sun, but when he died at the edge of the earth, they could still see their own land.
Then they followed Sun many years. At last they became grown men.
One day they reached a great sea-water. There was no land except the shore on which they stood. When Sun went down over the edge of the earth that day, they saw him sink into the waters. Then they crossed the sea-water, to the edge. So they came to Sun’s home.
All around there were many women. The stars are women, and Moon also. Moon is Sun’s wife.
[Pg 190] Moon asked them how they had found their way. They were very far from their own land. They said, “For many years we have followed Sun’s trail.”
Sun said, “Do you know your way home?” They said, “No.” So Sun took them up to the edge of the water. They could see the earth, but they could not see their own land.