Tonight, April 23, 2015, is an interesting night for sky watchers. At 8 pm Mountain Time, right after the sun goes down, you may be able to see a parade of prominent star brothers. Just after Grandmother Sun sets, she is followed by Mars and Mercury, then the Ani Tsutsa (Pleiades Constellation), then the Evening Star (Venus), and then the crescent Moon.
Last week I told a short version of the story of the Ani Tsutsa, the Seven Boys, who got angry with their mothers and danced into the sky to become the constellation we know as the Pleiades. Some have asked me why they were angry with their mothers. So, here is the “rest of the story” as told to James Mooney, “Long ago, when the world was new, there were seven boys who used to spend all their time down by the townhouse playing the gatayu’ sti game, rolling a stone wheel along the ground and sliding a curved stick after it to strike.”