American Indian Mythology - Part 1 Section 2 Summary & Analysis

Alice Marriott and Carol K. Rachlin
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Part 1 Section 2 Summary and Analysis

Section 2 of "The World Beyond Ours" contains myths about how two important elements of nature, the sun and the thunder, came to play important roles in the lives of human beings.

"How the Sun Came" (Cherokee) The introduction to this story describes how the Cherokee were pushed out of their homelands by English settlers, how this particular story is similar to several other "arrival of the sun" stories, and also how it's different: rather than the sun being caught by a hero figure, it's caught by someone quite different.

The story begins with the animals of the earth stumbling around in the dark, commenting on their need for light, and attempting to figure out how to get it. A woodpecker comments on how he heard people on the other side of the world had light, and so the animals...

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