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A Coyote Columbus Story

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  249 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures within it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles, and beavers in Coyote's land. Instead, he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain.

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Published September 9th 2002 by Groundwood Books
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This is kind of undescribable, but it definitely has that Thomas King feel to it, with the storytelling style and sense of humour.
It's very, very funny, in an irreverent sort of way. But it's about the horror of colonization.
It's very silly and anachronistic and strange, both in the illustrations and text. But it's about real historical events.
In a very subtle way, this book points to how important who is telling the story is. And it's a powerful Native reclaiming of the stories of first contact
Feb 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
"A Coyote Columbus Story" was recommended on a N.A. booklist. In this version of first contact, Coyote is both the creator and the fool. Coyote's unwillingness to live by his own rules eventually causes the creatures and the humans to stop playing with him. It's hard to play baseball (Coyote's favorite game) alone, so when some funny looking people with red hair and silly clothes arrive looking for a place called India, Coyote tells them to "forget India" and invites them to stay and play ball. ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Five stars for concept, three for execution. Okay. The idea of this is brilliant. A picture book of the Columbus myth, but from a native perspective. The execution is...iffy. The anachronisms are a bit confusing, especially for the target demographic. And the writing style has some fun elements, along with the illustrations, but I just don’t know if it worked for me. There needs to be more options like this, though.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sandra Miksa
A great vibrant read pointing out the reality of the Columbus explorations on native land - there’s even reference to Jacques Cartier; the next settler. Hysterical, satirical, and masterfully ambiguous is how I’d describe this work. All I can say that’s it’s important; an important reminder to Canadian history and history in general about colonialism and land appropriation that’s often disregarded/forgotten in our modern world.
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great addition to an elementary school library. This irreverently funny story definitely has Thomas King written all over it. The story is just subtle and tangential enough to engage both First Nations and non First Nations children. Just weird enough to keep them reading. I'm not crazy about the art work, but that's it works well enough.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this subversion of the Columbus first contact story. King’s text is a powerful and accessible piece of literature that satirizes the way Eurocentric history books misrepresented the genocide of North American colonization.
Lily Avila
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I plan to read every year on Indigenous People's Day.
Samantha (librarysniffer)
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had to read this story for a cultural tourism class and it really made me think which I loved.
May 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Reminded me a bit of the zany humour and details typical of a Robert Munsch book.
Lynda Toews
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book may be illustrated, but it is not just a children's picture book. The book has a great sense of humour and history.
sahra reads™
yes. yes i will add every book i have to read for class to my goodreads challenge. even if it is 20 pages. and no one can stop me :D.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Read this for a children's lit class.
Mrs. Ruigrok
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Although the illustrations were very colorful, I did not enjoy this story. I think it would be hard for students to follow. It was very busy.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Highly recommended as a Columbus story from the Native point of view!
Nov 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I grew up in Bensonhurst. BIG Italian neighborhood. Right on 18th Avenue - you can believe we knew it when it was Columbus Day! Parades up and down the block!

And this is what we learned in school... let's see... Columbus was a Hero, and very Brave, and he Discovered America, and he Explored, and... oh yeah, and we learned that little ditty about sailing the ocean blue.

This is what we didn't learn: Columbus wasn't just lost on the way to India, he drastically miscalculated the size of the earth -
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a clever and original approach to the Columbus story, in which (trickster) Coyote causes Columbus and his companions to come to the Americas because she wants some new humans to play with. As I think about how to prepare my preschooler for learning about slavery, it's hard to know where to start as the reality is so painful and horrific. So I appreciated that this book actually manages to introduce the concept in a more emotionally manageable way (Coyote laughs at the absurdity of the id ...more
This picture book was supposed to introduce children to Columbus through an Indigenous perspective, especially from the coyote/trickster perspective. Unfortunately this book just didn't work for me. The problem is that the setting keeps changing. If this is based in Columbus' time, why are they talking about chocolate cake, computer games, Etc? I don't think the traditional view of the trickster played baseball either. I think young children would be very confused by this book because of that re ...more
This book is amazing. The illustrations are off-putting, unfortunately.
A coyote creation story for Columbus. Of course.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Different but fun. Discovering America from the native perspective. Recommended.
Feb 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Oh baby you're so iconoclastic.
Apr 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: study
Ah, the power of a different perspective. Funny, colourful, entertaining and educational.
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
What a powerful retelling of a historical event.
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Thomas King was born in 1943 in Sacramento, California and is of Cherokee, Greek and German descent. He obtained his PhD from the University of Utah in 1986. He is known for works in which he addresses the marginalization of American Indians, delineates "pan-Indian" concerns and histories, and attempts to abolish common stereotypes about Native Americans. He taught Native American Studies at the U ...more

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