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Zunipu Moon Legend

The following four pictures tell an interpretation of a legend of the Moon from the Zunipu tribe of New Mexico and Arizona. Click on the images to see larger versions.


Long ago, when it was always dark, and always summer, Coyote and Eagle were hunting and they came across a tribe that had the Sun and the Moon in a box.


After the people of the tribe had gone to sleep, the two animals stole the box. At first Eagle carried the box.


Soon Coyote convinced Eagle to let him carry it. Coyote, being curious, opened the box and the Sun and the Moon escaped and flew up into the sky.


This gave light to the land, but it also took away heat, which is why we now have winter.

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