Lost (gypsy_owl) wrote in myth_icontest,

Alright, next challenge for you! I grabbed a book nearby, opened it up, and grabbed the first myth that came to hand. It's another Native North American one.


Playing A Trick on the Moon

Long ago, Snoqualm, or Moon, was chief of the heavens. One day he said to Spider, "Make a rope of cedar bark and stretch it from the earth to the sky."

Soon Fox and Blue Jay found the rope and climber up it. Late at night that came to the place where is was fastened to the underside of the sky. Blue Jay picked a hole in the sky, and the two of them crawled through.

Blue Jay flew to a tree, and Fox found himself in a lake. There, he changed himself into Beaver. Moon had set a trap in the lake, and Beaver got caught in the trap. Next morning Moon took Beaver out of the trap, skinned him, stretched his skin out to dry, and threw the body into a corner of the smokehouse.

The next night Beaver waited until Moon was asleep and snoring loudly. Then he got up, took his skin from the place where is was stretching, and put it back on. While Moon was still snoring, he examined the house and the sky world.

Outside he found a great forest of fir and pine and cedar trees. He pulled some of them up by their roots and then, with his spirit powers, he put Moon's tools for making daylight. He took some fire from below the smoke hole, put ashes and leaves and bark around it, and carried it in one hand. He found the sun hidden in Moon's house and carried it away in his other hand.

Then Beaver found the hole Blue Jay had made, changed himself back to Fox again, and went down the rope to the earth. There he gave the fire to the people. He set out the tree. He made the daylight. He set the sun in its place so it would give light and heat to all. The people were happy because of the things Fox brought from the sky.

By this time, Moon had awakened. When he found the beaver skin gone and the sun stolen, he was very angry. He knew that one of the earth people had tricked him. Noticing foot prints around the house, he followed them to the top of the rope Spider had made.

"I'll follow him to the earth world," Moon though.

But as he started down, the rope broke. Both Moon and rope fell down in a heap and were transformed into a mountain.

Today the peak is called Mount Si. The face of Snoqualm, Moon, can still be seen on one of it's rocky walls. The trees which Fox brought down from the sky and planted have become the great forests of the Cascade Mountains.


Source: American Indian Myths and Legends Selected and Edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz Amzon Link


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