Mourning Dove: Coyote Stories

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In contrast to the overtly political and melodramatic narratives of Cogewea, in Coyote Stories Mourning Dove collected a set of stories from the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest. A third person joined the collaboration she had with McWhorter; Heister Dean Guie was a journalist who helped edit and promote the collection, as well as illustrate it. Coyote Stories contains 27 stories, with titles such as “The Spirit Chief Names The Animal People”, “How Turtle Got His Tail”, and “Why Spider Has Such Long Legs”, as well as a preface by Mourning Dove. These cosmological stories explain the way in which the natural and human worlds interact, and the reasons why things are as they exist; moreover,…

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Muntz, Lori. "Coyote Stories". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 March 2010
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