Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story

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These stories are a treasure to be treated carefully and lovingly, taken out at the right time and then put away to rest until it is time to take them out again.

 

Here, the Salish and Pend d’Oreille Culture Committee reminds us that “the elders usually bring out the stories in November and put them away again when the snow is gone.” The stories are real and alive. They are a treasure to be treated carefully and lovingly, taken out at the right time and then put away to rest until it is time to take them out again. Coyote is appointed the leader of an all-animal-being raiding party to the sky world, to steal fire for themselves and the humans, who have not yet arrived. After devising a clever plan, Coyote, with Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver bravely and resourcefully respond to the many dangers hurled their way. “This story,” as Salish historian Germaine White writes, “teaches our children how difficult it was to bring fire from the sky world and how important it was to animals and humans. Now it is time for humans to return the gift of fire to the animals.” With Johnny Arlee’s spare telling and Sam Sandoval’s luminous watercolor art, Beaver Steals Fire will appeal to the youngest readers and listeners.

 


Author: told by Johnny Arlee (Salish)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Sam Sandoval (Salish)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2005

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Salish