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"My father went on talking to me in a low voice. That is how our people always talk to their children, so low and quiet, the child thinks he is dreaming. But he never forgets."

Maria Chona Papago

"Kids learned a lot just through listening, watching, and then doing. Our folks didn’t lecture us much. They’d tell stories, especially on the long winter nights. That’s when we listened and learned what to fear, what to do, and what to respect. We learned that Old Man Coyote, Esakuateh, along with his little companion, Shedapay, shaped the world, making all the rivers, lakes, and mountains. He also put the stars in their places and made all the different birds and animals. It was Old Man Coyote who gave us our Indian ways—how to live as Crows; how to dream, to hunt, to make tipis; and how to get medicine to live by. The old people told us about this. But Old Man Coyote was also a tricky person, and at times he could be real bad. These winter stories taught us about the mysterious in life. Crows always believed that the mysterious was important in their lives. They fasted and cried so that a spirit person would adopt them and bring them good luck. But you had to follow their rules, or you came to harm."

Agnes Yellowtail Deernose Absaroke

"My father went on talking to me in a low voice."
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