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She's Tricky Like Coyote: Annie Miner Peterson, an Oregon Coast Indian Woman

Review excerpts for She's Tricky Like Coyote:

"As a biography of a woman whose claim to fame . . . was as someone renowned for knowledge of her ancestral culture . . . this volume is unusual and the effort should be applauded."
--Anthony P. Grant
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute.

"Youst's piecing together of Mrs. Peterson's life story kept me reading without a stop."

--anonymous reviewer


"She's Tricky Like Coyote" is very highly recommended reading, especially for sutdents of the Western coastal region's Native American tribal history and culture.
-- The Bookwatch, June 2006

"She's Tricky Like Coyote" is Lionel Youst's extraordinary rending of an extraordinary person!"
--Bob Edmonds, McCormick Messenger (South Carolina)


"She's Tricky Like Coyote is an important book, shedding needed light on both the history of the Oregon coast and the history of coastal ethnography… We might hope that this thorough biographical treatment will inspire greater, more humane attention to the lives of other ethnographic informants, as well as more consideration to the sufferings and successes of individual Native Americans during the tumultuous nineteenth and twentieth centuries."
--Douglas Deur, Oregon Historical Quarterly


"I came away from this book with a much greater understanding of Native life on the Northwest coast in a critical transition period, and with great admiration for Annie Miner Peterson as a skilled cultural mediator and survivor."
--Helen M. Bannan, American Indian Culture and Research Journal


"Youst has woven a masterful and historical tale. It is one of that rare breed of good books that seamlessly and painlessly educates readers while holding them enthralled."
--Paul Pitzer, Columbia Magazine


"Thoroughly and richly illustrated, Youst's book is a tribute to Peterson, whose real name translates roughly to 'She's Tricky Like Coyote.' It is also a fascinating glimpse into a lost world, complete with tales Peterson remembered and retold until the day of her death, is to step back in time, to catch a tantalizing glimpse of a people and a way of life tragically crushed in the name of progress and Manifest Destiny. . . . For the moments you spend with this book, her people live again."
--Dan Hays, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon)


"Youst, an independent scholar of the Pacific Northwest, does an outstanding job of putting the life and work of Peterson into a historical context. We not only learn about a remarkable woman who made a unique contribution to scholarship, but we begin to understand the upheavals facing Native Americans around the turn of the century."
--Mary B. Davis, Library Journal


This is Volume 224 in the University of Oklahoma Civilization of the American Indian Series.
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman Oklahoma (1997, 2004).
ISBN 0-8061-2972-7 (cloth)
ISBN 0-8061-3693-6 (paper)
307 = xx pages. 25 photographs. 3 maps. 3 charts.
Appendices. Bibliography. Index.