The Accidental Prometheus
Another Coyote Story by Minstrel Boy. I'm not sure how many more hits the Group News Blog will get as a result of my failing and now suddenly erstwhile blog but Minstrel Boy's coyote stories are, understandably, fast becoming a hit on the GNB.
This is how Stevie prefaces this story in a CC'd email he sent to his friends:
this one is pretty dense. there are several stories contained within it.
"Coyote Turns Himself Blue, Marries His Own Daughter, Becomes Ga'an, Steals Fire By Accident"
still, it seems to be getting buried in all the hoopla surrounding the convention. (just a curmudgeonly aside about the fucking convention, is there anything going to happen off script? i will probably pay less attention to the conventions than i did to the opening ceremonies of the olympics)
any and all linky love would be greatly appreciated. also, as always, your comments are treasured.
because these are stories that come from my own experience of oral tradition i am trying hard to keep my writing voice conversational. i would love to know how well i am succeeding, or not succeeding. i'm hoping that as they read these stories people can get a sense of what a winter night with everybody gathered around to listen to a nagoni'ili (storyteller or historian) were like.
for me, they were magic. like when buffy was all first runs. i hope i can convey that here.
Stevie never comes right out and says whether these are actual Apache folk tales of antiquity or if he makes them up. Either way, they make for some entertaining and informative readings.