Coyote Speaks

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Coyote Speaks

Wonders of the Native American World

By Ari Berk; Carolyn Dunn

Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780810993723, 160pp.

Publication Date: August 1, 2008

"A one-of-a-kind compilation of beliefs, stories, and cultural artifacts from Native American tribes.""Coyote Speaks "explains how to look at and appreciate Native American culture. For thousands of years, tribal ways and wisdom have been passed down in story, song, dance, and art from elder to child, from tribe to tribe, and from Native peoples to the world at large. This book gathers many of these beliefs and traditions, enabling the outsider to appreciate the vast and diverse world of the First People. Among the subjects addressed are: the meanings of certain animals and symbols, what shamans and medicine people do, and how the natural world, the animal world, and the spirit world interact. Of the more than five hundred known tribes, nearly fifty are represented, from all regions of North America.The book is profusely illustrated with paintings, artifacts, and photographs and includes a glossary of tribes and an index.

About the Author
Ari Berk is the author of the Undertaken trilogy and "Nightsong", illustrated by Loren Long. He works in a library filled to the ceiling with thousands of arcane books and more than a few wondrous artifacts. When not writing, he moonlights as professor of mythology and folklore at Central Michigan University. He lives in Michigan with his wife and son. Visit him at

Carolyn Dunn is the mother of four grown daughters. She lives with her husband, retired Coast Guard Captain Mike Dunn, in Mercer Island, Washington (near Seattle). She does not bake pies. She buys them! A Pie Went By is her first book.