Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon, and Stars Began

$18.00 each


Traditional telling of a portion of the Tamaya Pueblo creation story.


A long time ago, the Animal People decided to make a journey up into our world, the Fourth World,” begins Garcia, in this spare telling of a portion of his people’s creation story. Here are the Animal People beginning their trek, carrying or wearing their few precious belongings. Here they are again, frightened in the darkness of the Fourth World, only their eyes showing. With help from Leader, the Animal People fix up their new home, bringing up hot coals to create a sun and a moon to light up the sky. Coyote, of course, pitches in—in his usual careless way—and creates the constellations. The lessons are, for the most part, unstated, left for children to figure out. This is as it should be in this kind of traditional telling. Pringle’s cut-paper illustrations in Southwest colors include the usual Animal People children might expect—and some teeny Ant People on almost every page—a complement to a satisfying little story.


Author: Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia (Tamaya Pueblo)

Illustrations: Color illustrations by Victoria Pringle

Binding Availability: Hardcover

Published: 2006

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Tamaya Pueblo