Further Adventures of Eut-le-ten
The Arrow Chain to Heaven
Some time passed by, and Eut-le-ten conceived a plan to reach the
land above the sky, which he believed, like all the Indian race, to
be the roof of this our world, and hiding from our view the Illahie
where the great chief – the Sagh-al-lie Tyee, Nas-nas-shup, the chief
of all the chiefs abode. Nas-nas-shup had a daughter, far famed for
her exceeding beauty, and the tales of her attractions were often
related among the younger braves, and Eut-le-ten became enamoured of
the thought of winning her, although the stories also told of dangers
and death most terrible to him who strove to undergo the tests the
old chief set for all who would desire his daughter's love.
Now Eut-le-ten was skillful with the bow, for many times he had
brought down the deer as they were bounding through the forest
glade, and with his arrow he had often pierced the silver salmon
when they jumped from out the rushing waters of his native stream,
and he had shot down from off the tallest tree, golden eagles or the
great fish hawk.
|"He shot the arrow straight above his head."|
Eut-le-ten called the men together, for he was highly favoured in
his tribe, and counted as a chief because he killed the evil chehah,
dread E-ish-so-oolth, and he directed them to make a multitude of
arrows, straight and strong, and have them ready by a day he named to
them. Forthwith they followed his instructions, and fashioned many
arrows, long and straight and strong, and each one tipped with bone
or flint, so sharp that it would pierce the thickest hide of the
great elk which roamed in bands among the hills and in the open
The arrows were completed in four suns, when Eut-le-ten went out upon
the beach taking with him his strongest bow of yew, and shot an arrow
straight above his head, high into the vault of heaven, far out of
sight. Again he shot, and again, until at last an arrow line was
formed from the earth beneath to heaven above, for his first shaft
had fixed itself into the roof of this old world of ours, and the
second arrow aimed with such great skill, had caught the end of it.
The third, the fourth, and each succeeding one had attached itself,
until a rope of shafts was made, for Eut-le-ten to climb into the
world above – the Illahie, where Nas-nas-shup, the Sagh-al-lie Tyee,
the chief of chiefs, and his fair daughter dwelt.
Then Eut-le-ten took leave of all the tribe and climbed the rope
of arrows to the sky, beyond the peoples' sight, until at last he
reached the portals of the land above.
Next: The Two Blind Squaws
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