Two Boys Follow The Sun

 
 
Long ago, two young brothers, Tash and Walo, decided they wanted to follow Sun. Every morning
they saw him come up over the edge of the Earth, pass high overhead, and, late in the
day, die in the West. So, they waited until Sun was directly overhead and then set out
after him.
 
At first, they walked at an easy pace, but after  a while Tash said to Walo, "Sun
is too far ahead of us. We must walk faster." The brothers picked up their pace, but
Sun stayed ahead of them. "We must run or we will never catch him," Tash urged his brother.
They started to run, but that night, when Sun died, the brothers were still in their own country.
"We will catch him tomorrow," they vowed.
 
That night they slept, and the next day, when Sun was again overhead , they set off once more
to follow him. The brothers continued pursuing Sun until they had grown to be young men. At
last, they reached a great body of water. The only land they saw was the shore on which they stood.
They saw Sun die, sinking into the water. They passed over the water and entered Sun's house
with him. Sun's house was the great dome of the sky.
 
All around the brothers were stars and Moon. Moon was a woman, Sun's wife. Moon said to the
brothers, "How have you come here, so far from home? We have followed Sun on his daily journey
since we were boys." Then Sun said, "Why have you followed me? It is not time for you to come
here. We wanted to see where you went when you disappeared in the West," the brothers answered.
Sun spoke to his wife: "Boil water and bring it to me in a pot." Sun put the young men in
the boiling water and rubbed them until their skin came off. Sun then said, "I will return
you to your home. But, you must not speak a word to anyone for
four days. If you do not speak , you will live and prosper."
 
"Do you know the way home?" Sun continued. "No," replied the brothers. So, Sun took them to
the edge of the sky, where they looked down to Earth. "I do not see our home," Tash said."I
cannot see it, either," Walo said. Sun called a large buzzard and placed the brothers on his
back. Buzzard started toward Earth. The brothers had no trouble keeping their hold on
the bird's back until they passed into clouds. A strong wind was blowing and Buzzard was
blown about, the brothers hung on desperately.
 
But they reached Earth safely. Buzzard put them down in the trees , near their home.The brothers
were resting under the trees, recovering from their frightening journey, when
an old man passed by and recognized them. He did not speak to them, however, but continued
down the road until he met the brothers' mother. "Your boys have come back," he said. "But
they are men now." The mother ran toward Tash and Walo. She wanted to know where they had
been and what had happened to them. At first, they did not answer, because of what Sun had
said about not talking for four days. The mother was insistent and, at last, they spoke. The
mother worried, because she had forced her sons to speak. But, she took them to her house and
all the neighbors came in. The brothers told everything they had seen and done during their years
of following Sun. When they had told everything, they died and went up into the great sky to
remain forever.
 

A Choctaw Legend