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Sky Tellers - The Myths, the Magic, and the Mysteries of the Universe

Constellations

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Why Coyote Howls: A Star Story is retold by Lynn Moroney (Chickasaw). Her version is a blend of tales found in Native American oral narratives. A Wasco version of the tale, “Coyote Places the Stars,” can be found in American Indian Myths and Legends (R. Erdoes and A. Ortiz, editors, 1984, Pantheon Books, New York). Captain John Herrington (Chickasaw) tells the science story. Please note that the Native American story does not have any images other than a starscape, specifically to encourage children to use their imaginations.