How Marten Got His Spots and other Kootenai Indian Stories

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Recorded by Kootenai elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists from the Flathead Indian Reservation.

 

 

Recorded by Kootenai elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists from the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, these Kootenai stories were originally intended to help educate young tribal members about their history and culture. The collection includes "How Marten Got His Spots," in which Marten learns a hard lesson in obedience; "Coyote and Trout," in which Coyote learns the consequences of greed; "Little Weasel's Dream," in which the child Little Weasel learns the importance of listening to his elders; and "Tepee Making," an illustrated lesson in tepee construction. For centuries, Kootenai children and adults gathered on cold, dark winter nights to listen and learn from stories like these.

 

Before the end, beginning readers will learn important lessons, as they witness several animal people in their antics.  Marten learns a tough lesson about obedience during a run-in with a bear that leaves his fur spotted, Coyote gets his comeuppance after wrestling with a woman who turns into a trout, and a little boy learns a lesson from his dreams.

 

 

Author: Kootenai Culture Committee, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Illustrations: Black and white illustrations by Debbie Joseph Finley and Howard Kallowat, Jr.

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 2002

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Kootenai