Coyote Moon Myth


AUTHOR: Kalispel Legend, Myth, Oral Story

How Coyote was the Moon, then lost that job.In the beginning there was no moon. People were very unhappy that they had to always be in the dark.

They asked Yellow Fox to be the Moon. He was thrilled but he shone so brightly in the sky that at night everything became hot. The people decided to take him down and they asked Coyote to take his place.

Well, Coyote was ecstatic because he would be able to see everything that was going on down on Earth. For a while, everyone was happy, especially the nosey Coyote.

But Coyote would always yell out when someone was doing something wrong and everyone would hear him. He would tell when people were stealing meat from the drying racks or cheating at cards. Finally, all the people who wanted to do things secretly got together and decided to take Coyote out of the Sky.

Someone else became the Moon. So far, the Moon is doing what the Moon should do: shine brightly. And everyone is happy.