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Coyote and the Giant
A Native American story retold by Oban


Oban the Knowledge Keeper

Coyote was out walking one day when he saw an old woman hurrying towards him.

"Turn back! If you keep going that way the giant will get you" she cried.

"Giants don't scare me" said Coyote, pounding his chest bravely . What he didn't tell the old women was that giants didn't scare him because he'd never seen one and didn't know what a giant was.

"This is a very, very big giant" said the old woman.

Coyote looked around and spotted a fallen tree branch. He picked it up.

"I'll him over the head with this" he said, swinging the branch like a club. "This giant will run off like all the other giants I've dealt with.

The old woman hurried on, shaking her head. She knew now Coyote had never seen a giant, but he was too proud to listen.

Coyote walked along the road, whistling and swinging the tree branch until he came to a strange cave that stretched across the road.

"What a weird cave" he said to himself. "I've never seen a cave with white boulders going all around the top and bottom of the entrance. It must be a special pass through the hills".  Continue