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How Marten Got His Spots and Other Kootenai Indian Stories

How Marten Got His Spots and Other Kootenai Indian Stories

Indian Reading Series

Created: Sunday, June 23, 1918

Indian Reading Series
Kootenai Culture Committee
illustrated by Debbie Joseph Finley and Howard Kallowatt, Jr.

Recorded by Kootenai elders and illustrated by Kootenai artists from the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, these Kootenai stories were originally intended to help educate young tribal members about their history and culture. The collection includes "How Marten Got His Spots," in which Marten learns a hard lesson in obedience; "Coyote and Trout," in which Coyote learns the consequences of greed; "Little Weasel's Dream," in which the child Little Weasel learns the importance of listening to his elders; and "Tepee Making," an illustrated lesson in tepee construction. For centuries, Kootenai children and adults gathered on cold, dark winter nights to listen and learn from stories like these. Copublished with Salish Kootenai College Press.

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