The Fall of the Stars

Retold by Richard L. Dieterle


Once there was a night in which all the stars of heaven fell from the sky onto the surface of the earth. This really happened, but it was long ago.1


Links: Celestial Spirits.


Stories: about stars and other celestial bodies: The Dipper, Įčorúšika and His Brothers, The Seven Maidens, Morning Star and His Friend, Little Human Head, Turtle and the Witches, Sky Man, Wojijé, The Raccoon Coat, Sun and the Big Eater, The Big Eater, The Star Husband, Grandfather's Two Families, Bluehorn's Nephews, The Twins Retrieve Red Star's Head, The Meteor Spirit and the Origin of Wampum, The Children of the Sun, Heną́ga and Star Girl, The Origins of the Milky Way.


Themes: stars lose their place in the sky: Sky Man.


Notes

1 Paul Radin, "Short Tales," Winnebago Notebooks, Winnebago IV, No. 7i (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society) #21, "The Falling Stars."