Ancient legends say that Kokopelli, a flute player, teaches how to build kivas for a ritual song and dance, for storing harvested pinyon from the mountain terraces, and corn from the irrigated pastures, where mesas of yucca and cholla bloom.
And there is also a legend about twins and their mother. Accused of adultery, condemned to death, the mother of the hero twins convinces the vassals of the Lords of Death to spare her, by substituting the heart of a red fruit for her heart, the juice of it for her blood. They do this, placing the severed fruit in a bowl and they return with it. The Lords of Death drink the blood of the fruit, thinking it the best tasting sacrifice they have ever had, and it is sweet, because the mother of the hero twins dupes death.
But are these legends a trick? A trap? A joke told by a gambler? Who are the twin ball players? Are they the first Kachinas? The First Hunter and First Cougar?