Thursday, February 16, 2012

AlphabeThursday - the legend of the coyote and the moon


This is the first time I did any kind of white on black artwork.  My moon didn’t come out exactly how I wanted, so stark and cold, like winter.

Which is fitting for some storytelling.  There is a Zuni legend, about when the Coyote (and the Eagle) steal the sun and the moon from some Kachinas, who kept them in a box.  Before this time, there was no sun or moon.

The Eagle was the one who carried the box for a very long distance, because the Coyote never did anything right!  After the Coyote pestered the Eagle four times, ("if someone asks four times, you better give him what he wants") the Eagle finally lets the Coyote carry the box.  But then the Coyote falls behind.  And he becomes curious and wonders what the sun and the moon look like.  He also thinks the Eagle might be deceitful and have something else hidden in the box.  He opens up the lid, and the moon escapes and brings on winter (the sun escapes too, and it rises in the sky).

So if it wasn’t for of the Coyote, we wouldn’t have winter.



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13 comments:

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Fun story :) And great page! Tell the eagle to bring its sun and come visit me!

tamdoll said...

I like reading legends like this...and I think your moon is exactly cold and stark like winter!!!

Cathy Kennedy said...

M is for Moon, make me think, "I see the moon, and the moon sees me. God bless the moon, and God bless me!" =D

Nancy said...

Love the story! And cute page:)

Erika said...

I like the black and white. And thanks for the coyote story.

Erika
Artful Rising

Lavender Cottage said...

An interesting legend. So why does coyote howl at the moon? It's one eerie sound.

Rose said...

I love celestial imagery. Fun idea for M!

jeannette said...

Cute legend! And great for the letter M!

anitamombanita said...

I like it. B&W is hard to work with. Nicely done.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Well the, I guess we can be grateful to coyote for Winter!
I like the arrangement of elements on your page. perfect!

storybeader said...

is the word verification turned off?

Summer Rain said...

admirable art and story.

love the moon idea.

Jenny said...

Your black and white Moon piece turned out Magnificent...

And that Magical story is Marvelous too...

If it wasn't for the Mischievous coyote, we would be Melting away in the hot summer sun all year round...

Wonderful post for the letter "M"!

Thanks for linking.

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