Hey Sandra here are the two similar stories i was talking about.
In the earliest times, the sun lived very close to the earth - so close in fact that life upon earth was becoming unbearable. The animal world got together to do something about it. They wanted to move the sun further away. The fox was the first to volunteer, and he grabbed the sun in his mouth and began to run to the heavens. After a short while, the sun became too hot, burning the fox’s mouth, and he stopped. To this day, the inside of the fox’s mouth is black.
Then the opossum volunteered. He wrapped his tail around the sun and began towards the heavens. Before long though, the sun became too hot, burning his tail, and he had to stop. To this day the opossum has no hair upon his tail.
It was than that the vulture stepped forward. Vulture was the most beautiful and powerful of birds. Upon its head was a beautiful mantle of rich feathering that all other birds envied. Knowing that the earth would burn up unless someone moved the sun, the vulture placed it’s head against it and began to fly to the heavens. Though it could feel its crown feathers burning, the vulture continued until the sun was set at a safe distance in the sky away from the earth. Unfortunately, vulture last its magnificent head of feathers for eternity.
Ted Andrews - Animal Speak
In the beginning there was only blackness, and nobody could see anything. People kept bumping into each other and groping blindly.
They said, "What this world needs is light."
Fox said he knew some people on the other side of the world who had plenty of light, but they were too greedy to share it with others.
Possum said he would be glad to steal a little of it. "I have a bushy tail. I can hide the light inside all my fur."
Then he set out for the other side of the world. There he found the sun hanging in a tree and lighting everything up.
He snuck over to the sun, picked out a tiny piece of light, and stuffed it into his tail. But the light was hot and burned all the fur off.
The people discovered his theft and took back the light, and ever since, Possum's tail has been bald.
"Let me try," said Buzzard.
"I know better than to hide a piece of stolen light in my tail. I'll put it on my head."
He flew to the other side of the world and, diving straight into the sun, seized it in his claws.
He put it on his head, but it burned his head feathers off.
The people grabbed the sun away from him, and ever since that time Buzzard's head has remained bald.
Then Grandmother Spider said, "Let me try!"
First she made a thickwalled pot out of clay.
Next she spun a web reaching all the way to the other side of the world.
She was so small that none of the people there noticed her coming.
Quickly Grandmother Spider snatched up the sun, put it in the bowl of clay, and scrambled back home along one of the strands of her web.
Now her side of the world had light, and everyone rejoiced.
Spider Woman brought not only the sun to the Cherokee, but fire with it.
And besides that, she taught the Cherokee people the art of pottery making. http://www.crystalinks.com/cherokee2.html
For the grandmother spider story you have to scroll to the bottom of the page.