When the world began, a magician presented two pairs of eggs of contrasting colors to mankind — one pair dark blue as the sky, the other dark red as the earth. In one he specified, winter exists, and in the other, summer. He invited them to make a choice. The first ones selected the blue eggs. The birds escaping from them had black feathers. These were the crows, which flew north (the north is the winter season). The others selected the red eggs, from which parrots emerged. Their properties were those of seeds, warmth and peace. (These are the attributes of the south and of summer, just as destruction and war are those of winter.) That is why, concludes the informant, the Zuni were divided into winter and summer clans, or into crows and parrots.


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