When our family was getting started, one of the many wonderful books we cherished was Coyote Places the Stars, by Harriet Peck Taylor. The story itself is adapted from a Wasco Indian legend about the origin of the constellations. Like many Coyote tales, it illustrates the accidental and spontaneous genius of Coyote bringing the tribe of animals together to witness and celebrate the power and beauty of Creation.
Accompanying the story are the wonderful pictures! These vibrant images bring the story to life, sensitively rendered by loving hands.
The song, Animal Pow Wow, and its accompanying theater, was inspired by Coyote Places the Stars. The animals come together in the song to beacon a special message to the human race:
Hear O Humanity
Hear now our call
Care for our Mother Earth
As our Mother cares for all…
For young children, animal tales can be a vital source of natural planetary wisdom and healthy human character.
We hope you enjoy the Animal Pow Wow video which includes images from Coyote Places the Stars. A special thank you to Harriet Peck Taylor, and a tip of the hat and a playful wink to our dear friend, Coyote!