American Indian Council™
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Coyote spills the Stars
the beginning days when all came up from the underworld a huge gathering was
planned, uniting all the four-leggeds and flyers. At this meeting Our
Mother selected a human being to take a jar of
stars, hang them in the sky and name them for all to enjoy.
Coyote was very interested in what
was going on, but being a wiggler and trickster then as he is no, Our Mother
turned to him and said "Do not make mischief here!"
The human being was busy, placing the
stars in ordered patterns upon the sky...Seven Stars here and the three Pot
Rest Stars there. When he had placed the beautiful Morning Star he stood
back and admired his work, as did all the rest.
While everyone including Our Mother
was gathered to gaze at the luminous Morning Star, Coyote tiptoed over to
the jar of stars to see for himself what the man was doing. As he lifted the
jar's lid just a little, the stars rose to the occasion, pushed the lid away
and raced for the sky. This is the reason so many twinkle without order or
pattern, and why so many are not named.
Our Mother was angry with Coyote, and
said that because of his mischief with the stars Coyote would forever be a
wanderer and bring trouble with him wherever he may go. That some days he
could be happy and abundant, but other days he would see unhappiness and
~From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories