Wherever stories are told, in whatever language, life and death hold center stage, along with pain and glee, mystery and magic, fools and foes, deceit and decency. This book has them all. Here, in embellishments upon the folklore of Native American tribes from the Pacific Northwest, are tales that seek to explain the world, dispel its darkness, and celebrate its light.
So, meet a sorcerer whose magic can turn a horse into a loon, a man who becomes a bush-tailed rat, a girl whose sons were born as puppies, and a Native American tribe that sought the power of shamans to escape white men bent on destroying them.
Paul M. Levitt is professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His courses range from modern drama to the gangster novel. He has written plays, novels, children’s tales, and scholarly works on theater subjects. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Elissa S. Guralnick is professor of English and a faculty member in the college of Music at the University of Colorado, Boulder. In her scholarly work, she has written about drama, poetry, and song. In addition, she is an avid amateur pianist. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Carolynn Roche’s work has been shown in the Rocky Mountain area since 1980. Her interest in the Native American art and culture of the western United States has provided background for her illustrations published in children's books. She lives in Pueblo, Colorado.