Coyote Stories (2020)

Coyote Stories Mourning Dove Coyote Stories A powerful force and yet the butt of humor the coyote figure runs through the folklore of many American Indian tribes He can be held up as a terrible example of conduct a model of what not to do an
  • Title: Coyote Stories
  • Author: Mourning Dove
  • ISBN: 9780803281691
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
Coyote Stories Mourning Dove A powerful force and yet the butt of humor, the coyote figure runs through the folklore of many American Indian tribes He can be held up as a terrible example of conduct, a model of what not to do, and yet admired for a careless anarchistic energy that suggests unlimited possibilities Mourning Dove, an Okanagan, knew him well from the legends handed down by her peopleA powerful force and yet the butt of humor, the coyote figure runs through the folklore of many American Indian tribes He can be held up as a terrible example of conduct, a model of what not to do, and yet admired for a careless anarchistic energy that suggests unlimited possibilities Mourning Dove, an Okanagan, knew him well from the legends handed down by her people She preserved them for posterity in Coyote Stories, originally published in 1933 Here is Coyote, the trickster, the selfish individualist, the imitator, the protean character who indifferently puts the finishing touches on a world soon to receive human beings And here is Mole, his long suffering wife, and all the other Animal People, including Fox, Chipmunk, Owl Woman, Rattlesnake, Grizzly Bear, Porcupine, and Chickadee Here it is revealed why Skunk s tail is black and white, why Spider has such long legs, why Badger is so humble, and why Mosquito bites people These entertaining, psychologically compelling stories will be welcomed by a wide spectrum of readers.Jay Miller has supplied an introduction and notes for this Bison Books edition and restored chapters that were deleted from the original.
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  1. Beth Cato

    These interesting stories of the Salish Plateau focus on Coyote Mourning Dove is a good storyteller, and I found this book of tales smoothly written than others I also appreciated the addition of footnotes to explain regional geography, real life incidents, and symbolism related to the myths Mourning Dove sanitized the stories to sell to a white audience in the back, she is quoted about how she would never be able to sell stories of Skunk as the tribe really told them A traditional Skunk story [...]

  2. Polaris Hall

    I grew up with this book Almost every night, my dad would read to me a story or two and I loved it Hearing Coyote s misadventures always both entertained me and educated me, the interesting plots and simple morals expressed shaped me as who I am today.

  3. Kbord

    The footnotes, foreword, notes, and appendix explain well that these stories have been cleaned up for reading by white children Hey, it was written in the 1930s And Skunk stories were kept out because Mourning Dove says she would have been thrown in jail for including them at the time Coyote seems to me to be a mixture of creator, trickster, and clown, and also an example of how not to be.I m told I should have waited till winter to read Coyote stories.

  4. Julia

    This is a somewhat cleaned up version of Just How stories of the Okanagan and other closely tribes with Coyote as the protagonist The reason that I say somewhat cleaned up version is the fact that if you read the notes for some of the stories within the book then you will find what the author had originally changed in the stories to make them user friendly when it first came out The stories were usually short, to the point and usually included some type of tale Coyote was usually in trouble or [...]

  5. Bradley

    This collection of stories was a quick read that was well worth the purchase I find Native American folklore to be fascinating, and so this compilation of their stories about Coyote and how he played a part in nature s processes was quite a treat I have never read anything quite like it The stories are for the most part simple and fun, and they can easily be referred back to All ages will enjoy the contents of this book It only received four stars because there is nothing that makes me feel a st [...]

  6. Christopher

    The stories presented and adapted here are very well written and a good introduction for a younger audience, but its a shame this otherwise good series of transcriptions were toned down and kind of de grossified by the era and sensibilities of the author.

  7. Renee

    This is a particular book of interest to me not only because it the is the trickster cycle but my Great Uncle Dean was the editor.

  8. Sarah

    another set of random stories that we had around the house as a kid, perfect for picking up as entertainment for a half an hour on a lazy afternoon.

  9. Jacob Beavers

    A little G rated for Coyote myths, but amusing, and the slightly inappropriate stories in the introduction made up for it.

  10. Scott Roberts

    Reminded me of Rudyard Kipling s Just So stories I do need to look at the next full moon and see if I see a frog

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