The Siuslaw Storybook Author:B. J. Berrykeeper These stories are based on Siuslaw legends. They are not the strict legends. If it is the strict legends that you see, I suggest that you contact the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Confederated Tribal Office, and they will direct you in that way. — The Siuslaw people were traders and travelers much more than people think. A few of the stories ... more »in these pages will reflect that, such as The Raven's Beak, which was probably a Tlingit story that someone heard while traveling and brought back to entertain the people.
I am not Siuslaw. I am Cherokee. I have lived with the Siuslaw since my birth, and many of them are now friends and relatives of mine. Cherokee stories have been published and republished so that our legends are alive and strong. I give this book to the Siuslaw, so that their stories will live and grow strong too. B. J. Berrykeeper
CONTENTS: 1. Coyote Prepares The Land, 2. Coyote and The Big Dipper, 3. Coyote and the Magic Feather, 4. The Grizzly Bear Brothers, 5. Coyote Disperses the People., 6. Raven Brings the Tides, 7. The Little Goat, 8. Coyote Brings Fire, 9. The Shinny Player, 10. The Noisy Ones, 11. Raven Looses His Beak, 12. The First Seagull, 13. Coyote Causes A Flood, 14. Raven and The Red Feathers, 15. The Young Giant, 16. Raven in the Smokehouse, 17. The Blue Jay, 18. Wunzah and the Corn Spirit, 19. Raven Brings The Fishermen Home, 20. The Giant Brings A Gift, 21. Rainbow Woman, 22. Spider Shovels Ashes.« less