It is the extermination of the coyote – a shrewd wily, solitary scavenger – that serves as the central theme of Jack Olsen’s ragingly indignant, beautifully written and deeply moving book, perhaps the most gripping and important work of its kind. Poisoned, hunted, a bounty placed on their heads, their pelts nailed to fence posts, the coyotes symbolize the heartless and brutal way in which man has made the west his own as if nature had no place. Jack Olsen describes how, in the vast stretches of the America West, the wildlife is being systematically exterminated for the profit of ranchers and stockmen…with the cooperation of government agencies. Hardest hit of all the animals are the great predators – wildcats, wolves, bears, mountain lions, coyotes – all now on the verge of extinction. By decimating those species which seem to him inconvenient or wasteful or unprofitable, man has laid a waste his own heritage, sown the seeds of a poisoned earth, a dead land…and gone far along in the destruction of his own humanity.
A two-in-one, this volume includes The Last Coyote in which suspended LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch investigates the unsolved murder of his mother, and Trunk Music which finds Harry returning to the force to investigate the murder of a movie producer with Mafia ties.
American history books often portray the Spanish missions of California as havens of civil coexistence between the Spanish conquistadors, the Catholic priests, and the native Indians who had long inhabited the area. In reality, the "civilized" Christian life that was forced upon the natives was steeped in cruelty and violence. Debra Barton's The Cry of the Lone Coyote is an unflinching portrayal of the devastating effects that the Catholic mission life and the colonization of California had on Native Americans during the nineteenth century. As told through three generations of an Indian family, this story tells of a native people enslaved in forced labor and prostitution and subjected to rape, starvation, and mob killings. The story of Cheveyo and Domona, their daughter, and their grandson during the establishment of the mission at San Jose and the lawless greed of the gold rush is a chilling reminder of America's violent past. Like The Trail of Tears-the tale of the decimation of the Cherokee people-The Cry of the Lone Coyote is crucial reading for understanding Native American history.
The Last Coyote: LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is suspended from the force for attacking his commanding officer. Unable to remain idle, he investigates the long-unsolved murder of a Hollywood prostitute. Trunk Music: Harry returns to the force to investigate the murder of a movie producer with Mafia ties. Up against both the LAPD's organized crime unit and the mob, Harry follows the money trail to Las Vegas, where the case becomes personal. Angels Flight: The murder of a prominent African-American attorney who made his career suing the police for racism and brutality means that Harry's friends and associates have become suspects; and he must work closely with longtime enemies suspicious of his maverick ways to investigate them. Together for the first time, these three chilling, pulse-pounding novels chart the volatile, breakneck career of the sleuth the New York Post calls "the quintessential mystery book hero" and prove that "Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch novels are the most impressive body of work by any writer of crime thrillers now active" (Washington Post).
The New York Times best-selling account of how coyotes--long the target of an extermination policy--spread to every corner of the United States Finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award "A masterly synthesis of scientific research and personal observation." -Wall Street Journal Legends don't come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote In the face of centuries of campaigns of annihilation employing gases, helicopters, and engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, they thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. In the war between humans and coyotes, coyotes have won, hands-down. Coyote America is the illuminating five-million-year biography of this extraordinary animal, from its origins to its apotheosis. It is one of the great epics of our time.
George Wolf knows that there is something different about himself. Hes known it ever since he was born. But, it isnt until a mysterious stranger approaches him and tells him of his destiny, that he begins to go down the path that is being fore told to him. A werewolf that is destined to change the minds of man and bring the wolves back from sudden extinction. A destiny that George rushes into whole heartedly, not even knowing of the consequences. Haunted by constant visions of what lies before him. George tries to come to terms with his destiny. While at the same time still trying to live among the humans that are beginning to hate and fear him.
DIVNearly 100 myths and legends of heroes, journeys to the other world, animal wives and husbands, and even biblical subjects include "The Woman Who Fell from the Sky" (Seneca), "The Star Husband" (Ojibwa), "Crossing the Red Sea" (Cheyenne), and scores more. /div
The Pawnee Mythology, originally published in 1906, preserves 148 tales of the Pawnee Indians, who farmed and hunted and lived in earth-covered lodges along the Platte River in Nebraska. The stories, collected from surviving members of four bands-Skidi, Pitahauirat, Kitkehahki, and Chaui-were generally told during intermissions of sacred ceremonies. Many were accompanied by music. George A. Dorsey recorded these Pawnee myths early in the twentieth century after the tribe's traumatic removal from their ancestral homeland to Oklahoma. He included stories of instruction concerning supernatural beings, the importance of revering such gifts as the buffalo and corn, and the results of violating nature. Hero tales, forming another group, usually centered on a poor boy who overcame all odds to benefit the tribe. Other tales invited good fortune, recognized wonderful beings like the witch women and spider women, and explained the origin of medicine powers. Coyote tales were meant to amuse while teaching ethics. George A. Dorsey (1868-1931) was a distinguished anthropologist and journalist who also wrote about the traditions of the Arapahos, Arikaras, and Osages. Douglas R. Parks is a professor of anthropology and associate director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University. He is the editor of James R. Murie's Ceremonies of the Pawnee (Nebraska 1989) and the editor and translator of Myths and Traditions of the Arikara Indians (Nebraska 1996).