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Beaver Steals Fire

A Salish Coyote Story
(Book - 2005)
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A long time ago, fire belonged only to the animals in the land above, not to those on the earth below. Curlew, keeper of the sky world, guarded fire and kept it from the earth. Coyote, however, devised a clever plan to steal fire, aided by Grizzly Bear, Wren, Snake, Frog, Eagle, and Beaver. These brave and resourceful animal beings raided the land above and risked all to steal fire from Curlew.   Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularly relevant today. This unforgettable version of the story is told by Salish elder Johnny Arlee and beautifully illustrated by tribal artist Sam Sandoval.
Title: Beaver steals fire
a Salish Coyote story
Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes ; illustrated by Sam Sandoval
ISBN: 0803243235
9780803243231
Branch Call Number: j 398.24 B386 2005
Subject Headings: Salish Indians Folklore Kootenai Indians Folklore Coyote (Legendary character) Legends Juvenile literature
Topical Term: Salish Indians
Kootenai Indians
Coyote (Legendary character)
LCCN: 2005006484
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Beaver Steals Fire is an ancient and powerful tale springing from the hearts and experiences of the Salish people of Montana. Steeped in the rich and culturally vital storytelling tradition of the tribe, this tale teaches both respect for fire and awareness of its significance, themes particularl... Read More »


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