Dress up all the boys as Indian Braves and assign four of them the following parts. Have
the rest of the boys sit around a “campfire” and listen to the story.
CHARACTERS:CHIEF Stand with arms folded across chest and say “Ugh”
SUN Cover eyes with hands
MOON Frame face with hands and smile
STARS Blink rapidly
NARRATOR: Long, long ago the Indians had no fire and no light. They suffered much during the cold
winter and they had to eat food uncooked. They also had to live in darkness because there
was no light.
There was no SUN, MOON, nor STARS in the sky. A great CHIEF kept them locked
up in a box. He took great pride in the thought that he alone had light. This great
CHIEF had a beautiful daughter of whom he was also proud. She was much beloved by
all the Indians of the tribe.
In those days, the raven had the powers of magic. He was a great friend of the Indians and
the Indian CHIEF. He wondered how he might make life more comfortable for them.
One day he saw the daughter of the CHIEF come down to the brook for a drink. He had
an idea. He would put a magic spell on her. In time, a son was born to the daughter of
the CHIEF. The old CHIEF was delighted and as the boy grew, his grandfather became
devoted to him. Anything he wanted he could have.
One day he asked the old CHIEF for the box containing the STARS. Reluctantly, the
old CHIEF gave it to him. The child played for a while by rolling the box around. Then
he released the STARS and flung them into the sky. The Indians were delighted. This
was some light, though not quite enough.
After a few days, the child asked for the box containing the MOON. Again the old
CHIEF hesitated but finally the boy got what he wanted. Again, after playing awhile with
the box, the boy released the MOON and flung it into the sky. The tribe members were
overjoyed. But still there was not light enough, and the MOON disappeared for long
Finally, the child asked for the box with the SUN. “No,” said the old CHIEF. “I cannot
give you that.” But the boy wept and pleaded. The old CHIEF could not stand the tears,
so he gave the box to him. As soon as he had a chance, the child released the SUN and
cast it into the sky.
The joy of the Indians knew no bounds. Here was light enough and heat as well. They
ordered a feast of the SUN and all the Indians celebrated it with great jubilation. And the
old CHIEF was happy. He had not known the SUN, the MOON and the STARS could
mean so much for the comfort and happiness of his people. And for the first time, he too,