From back cover: "The stories in this book come from tales told by Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest, along the bays in inlets and rivers that touch upon the Pacific Ocean. Many years ago, the anthropologist, Franz Boaz, lived with these Indians and collected their stories. But his collection is in the form of notes, often short and incomplete. The authors of this book have taken those notes and, as authors do, embellished them, using the bright colors of Indian life. They therefore, owe a double debt: one to the work of Franz Boas, without whom they would have no record of these tales, and one to the Indians of the Pacific Northwest, whose rich and fertile minds are the source of the first American literature." RL/IL is middle school through adult.