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This is an ancient story told on Puget Sound -- how Raven helped to bring the Sun, Moon, Stars, Fresh Water, and Fire to the world.
Near the beginning of the world, Gray Eagle was the guardian of the sun and moon and stars, of fresh water, and of fire. Gray Eagle hated people so much that he kept these things hidden. People lived in darkness, without fire and without fresh water.
Gray Eagle had a beautiful daughter, and Raven fell in love with her. At that time Raven was a young man. He changed himself into a snow-white bird to please Gray Eagles daughter. She invited him to her fathers house.
When Raven saw the sun and the moon and the stars and fresh water hanging on the sides of the lodge, he knew what he should do. He stole all of them, and a brand of fire also, and flew out of the house.
He hung the sun up in the sky. It made so much light that he was able to fly far out to an island in the middle of the ocean. When the sun set, he fastened the moon up in the sky and hung the stars around. By this light he kept on flying, carrying with him the fresh water and the brand of fire.
He flew over the land and dropped all the water he had stolen. It fell to the ground and became the source of all the fresh-water streams and lakes.
Then Raven flew on, holding the brand of fire in his bill. The smoke from the fire blew back over his white feathers and made them black. When his bill began to burn, he had to drop the firebrand. It struck rocks and went into the stone. That is why, if you strike stones together, fire will drop out.
Ravens feathers never became white again after they were blackened by the smoke from the firebrand.
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