Creation: Coming of the Bow-brothers


Sky bow

“Yet men and creatures remained bounden in the lowermost womb of the Earth-mother, for she and the Sky-father feared to deliver them as a mother fears for the fate of her first offspring.

“Then the Ancient Sun pitied the children of Earth. That they might speedily see his light, he cast a glance upon a foam cap floating abroad the great waters. Forthwith the foam cap became instilled with life, and bore twin children (the Ahayuta), brothers one to the other, older and younger, for one was born before the other. To these he gave the k’ia’-al-lan, or “water-shield” that on it they might fly over the waters as clouds – from which it was spun and woven – float over the ocean; that they might blind with is mists the sight of the enemy as the clouds darken the earth with rain drops.

“He gave them for their bow, the rainbow, that with it they might clear men’s trails of enemies, as the rain-bow clears away the storm shadows; and for their arrows gave he them the thunder bolts, that they might rive open the mountains, as the lightning cleaves asunder pine trees; and then he sent them abroad o deliver, guide and protect the children of the Earth-mother and Sky-father.

“With their bow they lifted from his embraces the Sky-father from the bosom of the Earth-mother, “for”, said they, “if he remain near, his cold will cause men to be stunted and stooped with shivering and to grovel in the Earth”, as stunted trees in the mountains delve under the snow to hide from the cold of the Sky-father.

“With their thunder-bolts they broke open the mountain which gave entrance to the cave-wombs of the Earth-mother, and upon their water-shields they descended into the lowermost of the caves, where dwelt the children of earth – men and all creatures.

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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