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Coyote Still Going: Native American Legends and Contemporary Stories

Date of Publication: October 04, 2013

Author: Ty Nolan

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This is a collection of helpful tales by Native American storyteller and therapist Ty Nolan (Ty once gifted Joseph Campbell with a sacred eagle feather.)

Winner of the 2014 BP Readers Choice Award for Short Story Collections and Anthologies by the New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Ty Nolan: “Here are some Stories (Traditional Native Legends) and some stories (personal history.) I am a professional storyteller and a therapist. Coyote Still Going retells the mostly Sahaptin and Twana traditional legends I was taught by my relatives. It’s also a memoir of how I have told these stories, from celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Mr. Rogers to using the Sahaptin legend of the Butterfly at an International AIDS Conference in discussing grief and loss.

Traditional Native American legends are powerful teaching tools. The book also contains recipes. Food, spirituality, and community are always woven together—you can’t understand one without the others. I was raised with the importance of the sacredness of food and the legends that explain why we celebrate the First Salmon Ceremony, or why we understand taking a sip of water before a meal is a type of prayer. Many Native Nations begin a Coyote legend with some variation of ‘Coyote Was Going There.’ Trust me—Coyote? Still Going.”