Tashka and Walo
Tashka and Walo were brothers who lived long ago. Every morning they
saw the sun rise above the horizon, pass high overhead, and late in
the day die in the west,
When the boys were about four years old they conceived the idea of following
the sun and seeing where he died. So the next day, when he was overhead,
they started to follow him; but that night, when he died, they were
still in their own country, where they knew the hills and the rivers.
Then they slept, and in the morning when the sun was again overhead
they once more set off to follow him. And thus they continued for many
years to wend their way after the sun in his course through the heavens.
Long, long afterward, when the two boys had become men, they reached
a great expanse of water, and the only land they could see was the shore
on which they were standing. Late that day, when Sun died, they saw
him sink into the water; then they also passed over the water and entered
Sun's home with him. All about them they saw women - the stars are women
and the moon is Sun's wife. Then Moon asked the brothers how they had
found their way so far from their home. They told her how for many,
many years, ever since they were mere boys, they had followed Sun in
his daily journey.
The Sun told his wife to boil water. Into this, he put the boys and
rubbed them; this treatment caused them to turn red and their skin to
Sun then asked them whether they knew the way to return to their home,
and they said, "No"; so he took them to the edge, whence they
looked down to the earth but they could not distinguish their home.
Sun asked why they had followed him, as it was not time for them to
reach heaven. They replied that their only reason for following him
was a desire to see where he died.
Sun then told them that he would send them home, but that for four days
after reaching their home they must not speak a word to any person.
If they spoke during the four days they would die, otherwise they would
then live and prosper. A large buzzard was then called by Sun and the
two boys were placed on its back. Buzzard then started toward the earth.
The clouds are midway between heaven and earth; above the clouds, wind
never blows. As buzzard flew from heaven to the clouds, the brothers
could easily keep their hold; but from the clouds to the earth, the
buzzard was blown in all directions. All reached the earth in safety,
however, and the boys recognized the trees that stood about their old
They rested beneath the trees, and while there an old man passed by
who knew the brothers. He continued down the road and soon meeting the
boys' mother, told her the boys had come back. She hastened to see them.
When she saw them she began to talk and made them answer her. Then they
told her that, as they had spoken during the first four days after their
return, they would surely die. Knowing she had forced them to speak,
on hearing this the mother was greatly worried. Then all went to the
mother's home, and the brothers told her of all they had seen and how
they had followed Sun during many years. After they had told all, they
died and went up to heaven to remain forever.