Long ago, by the mouth of a great river, lived an old chief and his
only daughter. It was said that the old man kept the sun hidden away in a box.
Raven wanted to have this sun and had tried to get it many times without success.
At length he hit on a plan. He noticed that the daughter went to the well every
day for a supply of water, so he transformed himself into a pine needle, dropped
into her drinking water and was swallowed. She became pregnant and in due time
he was reborn as the chief's grandson. Thus he gained access to the house.
became a great favorite with the old chief who let him have anything he asked
for. One day he asked to play with the sun box, but this the old man refused
to grant. Raven gave him no peace, and finally, weary of his whining, his
grandfather let him play with it. The Raven quickly took the box and rolled
it about until he had it outside. Then dashing the box to pieces, he took the
sun in his beak and placed it in the sky, where it has been giving light to
the world ever since.
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