These authentic Indian tales of the Pacific Northwest are built around the fabulous character of the all-powerful Coyote, who ruled the animal world before the first Indians came, and prepared earth for man by settling problems of night and day, the seasons, fire, water, and so on. In successive stories, animal characteristics are accounted for, dangers eliminated, origins of customs and beliefs indicated. This is a retelling of folk legends recounted by elderly Indians of the Oregon and Washington area to Professor Jacobs, of the University of Washington. Careful selection and faithful rendition adapt these to child level. Good story-telling material for libraries.