Navajo Indians by Mollhausen.
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For the Navajo Indians of North America, Tsohanoai is the Sun god. He has human form and carries the Sun
on his back everyday across the sky. At night, the Sun rests, hanging
on a peg on the west wall of Tsohanoai's house.
The two children of Tsohanoai, Nayenezgani
(Killer of Enemies) and Tobadzistsini (Child of Water) lived separated from their father in their mother's house in the far West. Once adults, they decided to find their father and seek his help to fight the evil spirits that were tormenting mankind.
After many adventures, they met Spider Woman, who told them where they could find the Sun god and provided them two magic feathers to keep them safe. Finally, they arrived at Tsohanoai's house, where he gave them magic arrows to overcome Anaye, evil monsters who devoured men.
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