Earthmaker made man, he was the weakest and most defenseless of
all his creations. In the beginning man was not the hunter, but
the hunted: animals ate humans and hunted them down so successfully
that before long there were but two survivors of the human race
left, a girl and her younger brother. The boy was very unusual:
although he was old enough to walk and talk, he was no bigger than
a newborn baby, so his sister had to take care of him and do all
the work. One day in winter, she gave him her bow and arrows and
told him to shoot a snowbird [inset] when it came looking for grubs
in an old dead tree nearby. Three times he shot at snowbirds, and
three times he missed; but on the fourth try he finally hit one.
In ten days he shot ten snowbirds and since he had saved their skins,
he asked his sister to make a snowbird coat for him. It was a beautiful
feathered coat and he was very grateful to his sister for having
day he asked his sister, "Are we the only humans left alive?"
"There may be others somewhere," she replied, "but
I have never seen a trace of them. Even if there are other survivors,
we could not go looking for them, since we would be killed and eaten
by the man-eating dormouse or some other dangerous animal."
In those ancient times dormice were as big as a lodge, and ate humans
whenever they could find one. However, Little Brother was undeterred:
he put on his snowbird coat and went out looking for other human
beings. After walking a long time he became tired, and lay down
to sleep in a little patch where the sun had melted away the snow.
However, while he slept, the sun had come out from behind the clouds,
and its rays caused the snowbird coat to shrink so much that when
Little Brother awoke, he had to tear himself out of it. That the
sun had ruined his coat made Little Brother furious and he began
to think of revenge. He felt so bad that he slept for a full ten
days on his right side, and then turned over and slept for another
ten days on his left side. All this time he fasted. Then he arose
and said to his sister, "I shall need a strong rope to make
a snare for the sun." She came back with an ordinary rope.
"This will never be strong enough," he said, "we
will have to find something that even a great spirit like the sun
could not break." She then made a snare from deer sinew, but
he rejected this as well. Then she made a rope out of her own braided
hair, but this was also not equal to the task. Finally, she said,
"I shall have to make a snare from secret things." Little
Brother ran the secret things that his sister gave him through his
mouth and twisted the moist strands into a rope like no other that
had ever been seen. Then he went off in the middle of the night
with his mysterious rope to snare the sun. He found the place where
the path of the sun begins and set his snare right at the entrance.
When the sun tried to rise, it was caught fast in the trap and for
the whole day there was no sunlight, only darkness.
The chief animal spirits were alarmed and called a council.
The most ferocious animal, the one with the biggest and sharpest
teeth, was called upon to liberate the sun from its trap. This was
Dormouse. "Indeed," said Dormouse, "it will be very
difficult, for Little Brother's trap is strong; but I will not give
up until it is done." So she went to the trap and began gnawing
on the rope. The sun's heat was enormous, made all the worse by
his anger at being trapped, but Dormouse kept gnawing. Finally,
the sun burst free of its bonds, but by then Dormouse's fur had
been singed brown, and she had shrunk down to a size no bigger than
a human hand. Thus would be dormice ever after. The sun's light
had made her half blind, so she was given the name Kugebinga, "Blind
Woman." Although Kugebinga freed the sun, yet Little Brother,
who had overcome this great spirit, was the holier. Little Brother
decreed, "Since the animals have abused the humans and have
eaten them, henceforth the humans will have power over all the animals
and hunt them for food." Ever after the humans have been the
hunters and the animals the hunted. 
Commentary. Little Brother seems to have a special connection
to the snowbird, a bird noted for flying in front of winter weather
fronts. This bird therefore serves as a sign of impending snow fall.
Hunting snowbirds does not put Little Brother in opposition to them,
since it is believed that such animals give themselves to the hunter.
When he comes to be covered in the plumage of the snowbirds, he
becomes, as it were, a kind of snowbird himself.