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Hundreds of years ago the Zuni people created and told stories of human and world creations tales of love and lust and just about anything that gave people an explanation for something they could not understand Gaarder 25 They made up all these legends or myths before there was anything called science The stories came from the heart and soul of these native people Legends are not just silly stories that were told for amusement they are like magic lenses they allow us to have a glimpse of social orders and the daily life of how the Indians interpreted things long ago One legend of the Zuni tribe tells the tale of the sun and the moon and how these two heavenly bodies came into being The legend is called Coyote Steals the Sun and Moon The story begins when an out of luck Coyote can never seem to kill anything He watches Eagle catch rabbit after rabbit with all the ease He decides to go to Eagle with a proposition Coyote told Eagle that they should hunt together Eagle accepts so they begin to hunt in partnership Still all Coyote catches is just a couple of grubs while Eagle is far ahead with many rabbits At the time the world was still dark the sun and moon had not been placed into the sky yet So coyote blamed his hunting problems on the fact that he could not see and eagle if he knew where they could find light Eagle was not really sure but he figured it was somewhere on the west So they set out to find it They soon came to the Kachinas village where the villagers were busily going all out in their sacred dances The Kachinas invited Coyote and Eagle to rest and have a bite to eat while they continued to dance Eagle observed the people and could sense all the power they bestowed within He began
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