Ta-in-ga-ro and Zecana
Ta-in-ga-ro, which means First Falling Thunder, built his lodge in the Colorado foothills among the towering sandstone columns. Although he was brave in battle and swift in the chase he preferred to spend his time in the company of Zecana, which means Little Bird, who was his wife, rarely joining in with the forays of the men of his tribe.
He trapped beaver and hunted the wild sheep and would take them to a trading post on the Mexican border. He would take his beloved Zecana along with him as he could not bear to be parted from her. It was on one such outing when a Spanish trader saw Zecana and became enamored with her. He dreamed about her day and night to the point where he became consumed by his own lust for her and craved for his fill of her body. To satisfy his hunger he plotted to separate her from Ta-in-ga-ro who rarely left her side.
To achieve this aim while keeping his feelings for Zecana secret he persuaded Ta-in-ga-ro to undertake a journey to a distant mountain, promising him that Zecana could remain in safety and comfort at the trading post until he returned. Ta-in-ga-ro was an honest man who would never knowingly hurt anyone and could not envisage that everyone was not like himself and he agreed and began the journey.
A Bad Omen
Along the way, he stopped at a spring to rest and refresh himself. He saw how the blue sky and clouds reflected in the cool clear waters and after he had drunk his fill he cast some beads and wampum into the water as was customary to thank the spirit. Throwing his offering into the spring he was most shocked to see a bad omen manifest within the water. Instead of reflecting the sky to his horror and fear he saw the agonized and anguished face of his beloved wife appear.
As fear washed over him he jumped to his feet and jumped upon his horse and galloped back to the trading post without stopping for rest or food. When he arrived at he jumped from his horse and ran into the building looking for his wife.