Coyote wanted to help the Great Spirit put
stars in the night sky. Coyote was told that there were many,
many stars and that he would be very busy for a long, long
Coyote assured the Great Spirit that he could do it, no problem.
But after Coyote worked for a few years, he decided it was
too boring to place each star up in the night sky. "I
think I'll make designs," thought Coyote, but he could
not think of any.
Bear came along and said, "Coyote, put me up in the
sky. Put me right near the center of the sky where everyone
can see me and I can guide them." Coyote agreed. We call
the Bear star design the Big Dipper.
Then Rabbit hopped up, saw Bear in the night sky, and said,
"Coyote, since you put Bear in the sky, you must put
me there with my whole family. Everyone likes rabbits."
Mouse overheard Rabbit and squeaked, "Coyote, you need
little creatures in the night sky. You must put me in along
with all my family." Owl was out hunting, and flying
overhead, he listened to Mouse and Rabbit. Owl hooted, "Don't
forget all us birds, Coyote, you must put all of us in the
night sky, too."
Coyote said, "There is too much arguing and too much
noise, I can't put everyone in the sky. Putting the stars
in the night sky is too much work."
So Coyote grabbed all the remaining stars and threw them
up into the sky. This is how Coyote made the Milky Way.