Probably a Kutenai story or a Salish (Flathead or Kalispel; the 2 Salish tribes have lived together near Flathead Lake for many, many years.) The Kutenai on the Flathead Reservation live near Big Arm, on west side of Flathead Lake. Both Kutenai and Flathead Salish have told me myths about Flathead Lake. Flathead Lake is in western Montana, not in the area of any Algonquian tribe. If the correspondence reveals the tribal origin of the story, will you please let me know ? I don't know whether it is Kutenai or Salish. Ella E. Clark- 1956.
NAA MS 3777
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Many of these-but not all-seem to duplicate the group for which native text was not obtained in File Number 1931 (4). However, they are differently arranged in this file and the informants names are given here, but are not given in File 1931.
Upper and Lower Kutenai. Tales of Coyote, and other legends, individually marked with date and name of informant. Some native texts with interlinear translations; some translations only.
"Mythological tales." (Tales of the Coyote and other legends [8, 9, 10 not Coyote]) 1. The Coyote and the Mountain Spirit. In English, 5 pages. 2. The Coyote and Fox. In Kutenai with interlinear English translation, 1 page. 4. The Coyote and the "fool hen." In English, 1 page. 5. The Coyote, Cricket, and Grizzly. In Kutenai with interlinear translation. 1 page. 6. The Coyote and Trout. In English, 2 pages. 7. The Coyote and Butterfly. In English. 1/2 page. 8. Deluge legend. In English, 2 1/2 pages. 9. How the Frog beat the young deer in a race. In English, 3 pages. 10. How the Woman killed the Giant. In English, 2 pages. 6. The Coyote, the Chicken-hawk, and the Sun. In Kutenai, with interlinear English translation, 5 pages. 11. The Coyote and the Dog. In Kutenai, with interlinear translation in English, 3 pages.
Kutenai Texts with interlinear translations as "told in the Lower Kootenay dialect by Angi McLaughlin, Sept. 2, 1891." as follows: "How the Rabbit Hunted." 1 page. "Coyote and Wolf." 1 page. "Coyote and Dog." 2 pages. "Deluge Legend of Lower Kootenays" 2 pages.
Kutenai Texts with interlinear translations as follows: Tomtit and Female Elk, Coyote and Caribou, Coyote and Grizzly, Coyote and Butterfly, Coyote and 'Fool hen', Mosquito, Star and bird, Coyote and owl, White man, Coyote and woman, Coyote and Cricket 2 pages, Coyote and Grizzly 3 pages, Owl and Chipmunk, Coyote and Chicken-Hawk, 2 pages, Fox and Skunk, Tomtit and wolf, Coyote and white-tail deer, Coyote and Grizzly, Coyote and Chicken-Hawk, Coyote and Buffalo bull, Chicken-hawk and his wife, Rabbit, Coyote and dog, Seven-heads and Bad-clothes, Coyote and [dog?], Coyote and ?, Coyote and wolf, Coyote and fox, Coyote and Grizzly, 4 pages, Coyote, 3 pages. Unidentified Kutenai text with interlinear translation. 5 pages.
In 4 sections: 1. Kootenay Indian Legends and Myths. Native text 14 pages Translation of 1 myth, 1 page. 2. Other Animal Stories and Myths. 19 pages. Native text only. 3. A Brief Text in Kutenai. Coyote and grizzly bear text, with interlinear translation and discussion by Chamberlain. 4. Myths and Legends...of which the Native Text is not obtained. 6 pages. English. Informants not given, but see Number 1962.
Number 1931: (1) Stories and Myths: Woman and giant, 2 pages. Coyote and Trout, 2 pages; native texts only. Coyote and the Woman, native text 1 page; translation, 1 page. Skunk and Mountain Lion, 3 pages. Skunk and Mountain Lion, 2 pages. Deluge Legend, 2 pages. Frog and Deer, 2 pages. Native text only. 1931 (2) Other Animal stories and Myths: 1. Owl and chipmunk, 2 pages. 2. Tomtit and Wolf, 1 page. 3. Tomtit and Elk (female), 1 page. 4. Beaver and Turtle, 3 pages. 5. Mosquito, 1 page. 6. Star and , 1 page. 7. Frog and Grouse, 1 page. 8. Toad, 2 pages. 9. Skunk and Mountain Lion, 3 pages. 10. Frog and Deer, 1 page. 11. Skunk and Mountain Lion, 2 pages. 12. Rabbit and Snow bird, 1 page. Native text only. 1931 (3) Text with interlinear in Kutenai "Coyote and Grizzly Bear" and discussion by Chamberlain, the whole entitled "A Brief Text in Kutenai, 9 pages. 1931 (4) Native text not obtained: (All in English) Informants not given. I Coyote and Mountain Spirit, 2 pages. II Fox and Wolf, 1 page. III Origin of Cattle, 1 page. IV The attempt to fly, 1 page. V The Man in the Moon, 1 page. VI Origin of the Stars, 1 page. VII Origin of thunder and lightning, 1 page. VIII Origin of clouds, 1 page. IX Origin of the sun, 1 page. X Origin of the moon, 1 page. XI Origin of horses, 1 page. XII Origin of women, 1 page. XIII A Origin of Kootenay, 1 page. XIII B Origin of Kootenay, 1 page. XIV The Deluge, 1 page.
Myths and Stories: 1. Coyote and Owl. 2. Coyote and Chicken Hawk. 3. Coyote and Caribou. 4. Coyote and White tailed doe. 5. Coyote and Grizzly Bear. 6. Coyote and Chicken Hawk. 7. Coyote and Buffalo Bull. 8. Coyote and Dog. 9. Coyote and Qaeltsi. 10. Coyote and Wauteik. 11. Coyote and Laula. 12. Coyote and Wolf. 13. Coyote and Fox. 14. Coyote and Grizzly Bear. 15. Coyote and The Woman. 16. Coyote and Cricket. 17. Coyote and Grizzly Bear. 18. Coyote and dog. 19. Coyote and Buffalo Bull. 20. Coyote and Butterfly. 21. Coyote and Grouse. 22. Coyote and Grizzly Bear. 23. Coyote and Owl. 24. Coyote and Spirit. 25. Coyote and Ducks. 26. Coyote and Owl. 27. Coyote and --
No titles given for 2nd group, which may contain different versions of some of the stories in 1st group.
Contents: 1933-a [Mythological texs]: No date. 43 pages. Kutenai and 2 page English translations. List of stories, translations of text: 1. Coyote and Grizzly Bear 2. Coyote and Fox 3. Coyote and Wolf 4. Coyote and Woman 5. Coyote and Butterfly 6. Coyote and Ducks.
1933-b: Myths and legends collected by Dr Franz Boas among the Upper Kutenai of the Region of the Columbia Lakes . 25 pages. Translated by Chamberlain from the German version published by Boas, Verhandlungen der Berliner Gesellschaft fur Anthro., 1898, pages 161-172.