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Coyote Stories. Edited and illustrated by Heister Dean Guie with notes by L.V. McWhorter (Old Wolf) and a foreword by Chief Standing Bear
Caxton Printers Caldwell: Caxton Printers. 1933. First Edition in dust jacket. 8vo; 229 pp. Pale yellow cloth with illustration of a coyote in brown on front board, red decorated dust jacket with images of animals such as berar, coyote, buffalo, deer, etc. in shadow silhouette, title, author, and illustrator in blck , jacket a bit rubbed at edges as is book, but very good overall. Cover designed by Hester Dean Guie. Mourning Dove was the literary name chosen by Christine (or Christal) Quintasket, an Okanogan from the Colville Reservation of eastern Washington. Mourning Dove's education included sporadic attendance at the Goodwin Mission School near Kettle Falls, Washington, the Fort Spokane School for Indians, and the Fort Shaw Indian School in Montana. She also briefly attended a secretarial school in Alberta where she learned to type and improved her English. But it was working as a migrant worker that Mourning Dove earned her livelihood as an adult. By day, she earned a meager living picking fruits and vegetables, and at night, she wrote in her camp-tent, experiencing years of poverty and physical hardship. In 1914 she met Lucullus V. McWhorter, an archaeologist and Indian rights advocate, and he encouraged her to write and publish, collaborating with her on writing projects, including her 1916 novel CO-GE- WE-A, the first novel published by a Native American woman. COYOTE STORIES, a collection of Salishan trickster tales and genesis stories, was McWhorter and Mourning Dove's final collaborative work and evolved from McWhorter's unpublished manuscript, "Okanogan Sweat House." A very scarce collection, COYOTE STORIES is edited and illustrated by Heister Dean Guie, a newspaper reporter, and includes a foreword by Chief Standing Bear and notes by McWhorter. The book contains 27 tales, mostly featuring the trickster figure Sin-ka-lip', the coyote, as the main character. It received positive reviews and reached its second printing by 1934. Although it was promoted as a collection of tales for children and general audiences with little exposure to Native American literature and culture, COYOTE STORIES was meant to be more than entertaining bedtime stories. Mourning Dove intended COYOTE STORIES to force white Americans to reconsider assimilationist practices that taught Native American children to reject and ridicule traditional stories. As Standing Bear states in the Forward: "These legends are of America, as are its mountains, rivers, and forests, and as are its people. They belong!" Bataille, Native American Women: a Biographical Dictionary, pp. 178-179. Bloom, Native American Women Writers, pp 69-82. Buck, Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature, p. 838. DLB 175, pp. 187-197. Witales, Native North American Literature, pp. 463-471. See an Image.
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