Friday, May 12, 2006
BY Allard...:When America was young and innocent, before white men came with their books, their missionaries, and a hunger for land, Indian children learned many things through the imagery of legends. From the adventures of Coyote, Fox, and Grizzly Bear, they learned the virtues of bravery and honor, and the tragedy of greed. Around the warmth of winter fires they heard about the mysteries of plants and animals and the sacredness of Mother Earth. And in one of the most ancient legends they learned that Coyote had once predicted the coming of a "new age" - the time of "human beings." With that age, he had said, would come struggle to overcome sorrow.