The Stories

Coyote Starves for Water
Wailaki

Coyote Starves for Water

Coyote Starves For WaterSinkyone Notebook #3, Briceland Charlie. American Philosophical Society, Boas Collection, Reel 47 At Blocksburg...They dreamed, two Doctors dreamed,Coyote didn’t will it.Water is gone, old Doctor said.Coyote, he...
Coyote Makes the Salmon Creek Falls
Wailaki

Coyote Makes the Salmon Creek Falls

— from the story by Briceland Charlie Coyote was living at Sel so, the big rock up on the ridge above Salmon Creek.He was a Handsome man and Powerful.The People...
The Pet
Yurok

The Pet

Northtown Books has been the site of several life changing events for me. Thomas Pynchon’s “Vineland” for example. Another would be a stack of Alfred Kroeber’s “Yurok Myths” laying on...
How Coyote Caused Death to Be In This World
Wintu

How Coyote Caused Death to Be In This World

How Coyote Caused Death to Be in This World from Jeremiah Curtin, “Creation Myths of America”,a Story from the Wintu Indians of North Central California There were two Vulture Brothers...
The Fir Tree War
Wailaki

The Fir Tree War

Notes on The Fir Tree War Story: This story appears in Goddard's Wailaki Texts.. Presumably told himby Captain Jim as they walked the banks of the Main Eel River fromReynolds...
The Inland Whale
Yurok

The Inland Whale

In those days, Creator had finished the World and made the oceans, mountains, rivers, plants, animals and fish... The Sun and Moon flew through the sky in their proper cycles......
The Rage of Loon Woman
Pit River

The Rage of Loon Woman

as told by Jaime DeAngulo and enlarged by myself... I ask the reader to remember that I did not make all this up... That it is real but happened so...
Married Across the Ocean
Yurok

Married Across the Ocean

From the narrative by Tserker of Espeu Transcribed by Alfred Kroeber in “Yurok Myths” The boy grew up at Tsurai... The place we now call Trinidad...He grew up in the...
Pit River Creation Story
Pit River

Pit River Creation Story

as told by Jaime DeAngulo and with additions by Ben Schill It was morning at Coyoteʼs House, the big house at Tuleyome south of Clear Lake... Coyote Old Man awoke,...
Pomo Creation Story
Pomo

Pomo Creation Story

The Creation of the World From the story told by William Benson to Jaime deAngulo In the beginning of the World... The Kuksu and his brother The Marumda lay sleeping...

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