This time of year, we wait for snow upon
the ground before we bring our stories out.
With open hearts, we listen well. The dawn
brings frost, and night are cold. Stay in, not out.
November's called the storytelling month.
It's time to be inside, to listen now
and understand the land. Enjoy this month
and learn Coyote stories. Learn just how
important, wise and good these stories are.
Perhaps you'll hear them at the longhouse, or
a grandma, grandpa telling them. We are
the stories we tell. Hear and learn some more
about your beauty, worth, this place where you
belong. Your stories matter. So do you.
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"November, The Storytelling Month" was published in Huckleberries, Buttercups, and Celebrations, written by Jennifer Greene and illustrated by Antoine Sandoval. Greene's sonnets portray the cycles of a year that blend past and present seasons on the Flathead Indian Reservation. A Salish and Diné artist, Sandoval creates images that teach and celebrate a living culture.