The People with Five Fingers: A Native Californian Creation Tale
by John Bierhorst, Robert Andrew Parker
ISBN 0761450580 (0-7614-5058-0)
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Luminous watercolors and a concise text work together to capture the humor and insight of Native American storytellers in this engaging creation tale from California. Since "this earth cannot stay naked!" the plan is to create people. Masterminded by Coyote but carried out by all the animals, the strategy calls for a world in which people are different, yet the same. They will speak different languages. They will be different in color. Yet, they will live in harmony since "they will all have hands with five fingers." A tale that cleverly accounts for the past...we can only hope it also predicts the future.
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