Why do the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky?
(New Mexico Version)
Long time ago, there was no day. It was always dark and always summer. This was because the Kachina, a very powerful people had stolen the Sun and the Moon and locked them away in a box. In the dimlight, Coyote and Eagle, two friends wondered the desert.
Coyote and Eagle had always hunted together, but Coyote could not hunt anymore because he could not see at night. Coyote suggested that they go to find the Sun and the Moon and make them light up the world. Eagle has worried. He reminded Coyote that the Sun and the Moon were very strong and it was dangerous to try to trick them.
In the end, Eagle agreed to help Coyote. While the Kachina were sleeping, Coyote and Eagle crept into their village, stole the Sun and the Moon, and headed into the hills.
Coyote told Eagle that he wanted to open the box containing the Sun and the Moon. Eagle said "No." They must wait until their travels and open it with their eyes closed. Coyote grumble. He couldn't wait to see what was in the box.
Finally, he grew so curious that he threw it open. The light of the Sun was so bright that it blinded Coyote's eyes. The Sun and the Moon left and flew far away, up into the sky where they are today.