Coyote and Rabbit/Ma’ii doo Gah


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Ma'ii doo Gah/Coyote and Rabbit

Story told by Don Mose Jr Illustrated by Molly Trainor This is a story of the first toothache. From it, we learn that we should care for our teeth. We shouldn't chew on bones or other hard objects like animals do. When a child loses a tooth, the Dine say he should walk to the east of a pile of ashes. He should turn his back to the ashes, throw the tooth over his shoulder and say, "May my teeth grow strong enough that I could chew on the tendon of a badger." That will help make his new tooth grow strong and straight. The use of a stick with pine gum for hunting rabbit came about as a result of this story.


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