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When they reached the light they were very happy. Tu-chai-pai told his brother to make the moon, and told the people that when the moon grew small and might die, they must run races. Tu-chai-pai watched them do this. He was then finished with his creating, and did no more, but he continued thinking for a long time. (Leeming and Leeming, Creation 6869; Erdoes and Ortiz 15657 from DuBois) Page 20 The Luiseño myth is more violent. The world parents are brother and sisternot surprising in these myths, since the two primal parents come from the same sourceand creation comes about when the brother assaults the sister.
What the tribes have in common are myths having to do with hunted animals and with the relationship between the hunter and his superior prey, which willingly sacrifices itself so that humans may live. Myths of Bear Mother and Salmon Boy are common. Animal totems grew out of intricate clan systems and take material form in crests and in the totem poles unique to the region. Spirits are important in the Pacific Northwest, as well as shamans to regulate or interpret their activities. Page 9 Origin myths, reflected in rituals such as the Wakashan Winter Dance, are told to explain how certain ceremonies began.
Now the people were in danger of drowning. So they sent a number of their handsomest young men and their most beautiful young women up into the sky to dance, in hopes of distracting the sun. In her grief, the sun was not to be deterred, and wept on. Finally, the dancers told the drummer to play a different song, and they danced to the new one, and the sun looked up: The new music and the young people were so beautiful that the old sun gave up her grieving and once again smiled. (Leeming and Page, Goddess 57; Erdoes and Ortiz 152 from Mooney, Cherokee) Several goddesses play significant roles among the Pueblo people of the Southwest.
3,000 Decorative Patterns of the Ancient World (Dover Pictorial Archive) by Flinders Petrie