The Story of How Coyote Hid the Stars on Mother
told by Coyote ©
long, long time ago when the world was very young, Coyote was looking
for a place to hide some of his most precious stars. He kept them in
a tiny little pouch on him. Coyote traveled all over the world until
he saw a beautiful place. It was just the right place to hide his precious
stars. "Ah," said Coyote, "this looks like a good place
to put my stars so that no one will find them." So he started to
dig a hole, but as he was digging, he thought to himself, 'If I put all
my stars in one place, someone will find them all and I will not have
them any more.'So Coyote took out one of his precious stars and put it
in the hole and covered it up. Then he found a place to put the other
stars: a big cave, and then he closed it up so that no one would find
it. He looked for other places to hide all his precious stars, until
finally he had hidden them all. "Ah," said Coyote,"
now all my precious stars are hidden so that no one will find them,
and I will always have them for myself." So he went back home. Coyote
had a lot of work to do before he had to make the first human being,
so he started right to work. As time passed, Coyote forgot all about
his precious stars. He was so busy that the stars started to change
into hard stones. Each one would start to change; at first they would
turn just a little red, and then they would start to break up and move
under the ground. You know, as time passed and all the things that you
see now that Coyote has made, he had forgotten his little precious stars
that he had buried into the ground. As the human beings started to look
for some of Coyote's precious stars, they traveled all over the world.
It took a long time before anyone could find Coyote's precious stars.
One day somebody was up in the Northwest and was looking for that old
ugly yellow rock, and he dug up one of Coyote's precious stars. He looked
at it and named it a SUNSTONE, for it was as bright as the sun. So when
you get a SUNSTONE, you will see why they call it the SUNSTONE, but to
Coyote it will always be his precious star, for it has a touch of red
just like the stars that you see at night in the sky. That is why you
can only find SUNSTONES in the south part of Oregon. (AH-HO)
me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a Native American Indian,
and I have been a Story Teller for thirty-five years. This is the first
time that any Indian story teller has tried tomake sure that all have
the chance to have some Native Stories. I have put some of my stories
on tape, for you and your family, so that you can hear and see them come
to life in your little one's eyes. I have been traveling to schools throughout
the U.S. telling my stories, and each time I have been asked if I have
a tape of my stories.
Well, the time has come for me to make a tape for you to be able to
purchase. The tape will come with four stories on it that I have selected
especially for you and your family. the first is called Ma-Who, the second
story, How the Porcupine Came to Be, the third is The Story of Little
Po-Gee, and last, the story of How the First Strawberries Came to Be.
All these stories are done with one of your children's name at the beginning
of the tape. For these tapes are done in my home, and not in a studio.
They are not fancy or very pretty to look at for I am not rich and can't
afford all the fancy equipment, but I will guarantee that you will love
Now this is all you have to do. to order a tape send $15.00+$5.00 for
shipping and handling in a money order to M.T.L., PO Box 1959 , Waldport,
OR, 97394. It takes 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. As you order, make sure
to include the name that you would like at the start of the tape, but
please only one name per tape that you order.
If you order two or more tapes I will send you one free tape with four
other stories. When you receive my tape you will also receive a Native
American Prayer and a special gift from me to you. Please make all money
orders out to M.T.L. and not to Coyote. If you would like to write me
a letter, please write it to Coyote in care of M.T.L.
Here is a little prayer just for you, whether you order
May Grandfather watch over you and keep you well, and
may the Great
Spirit watch over you and your family forever and a day. (AH-HO)
COYOTE THE STORY-TELLER