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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