Lionel Youst

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.

Selected Works
by Lionel Youst

Labor History
"The Wobblies, Solidarity Forever" (first published North Country Anvil, no. 13, November, 1974). "How Dad Joined the One Big Union." "Wobblie Martyrs: Coos Bay, Centralia, Salt Lake City." "George McGovern." "IWW in Coos County."
An account of author's father, George Youst, a logger who joined the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) at Centralia Washington in 1918. The violence of the Armistice Day Parade November 1, 1918 is described, when logger and IWW organizer Wesley Everest was castrated and hanged by an ultra-patriot mob. The article follows Wesley Everest's career as union organizer from 1912 to his death by lynching, and the author's subsequent employment in logging camps during the 1950's.
Harry Bridges, founding president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union (ILWU) was persecuted by the antilabor establishment for more than 30 years (approx. 1935-65). One of the weapons used against him was his estranged wife, Agnes. This article follows the shameless exploitation by the Justice Department and certain employer's organizaitons of their soured relationship.
A series of fifteen essays on the works and personalities who were most influential in the author's liberal education.
An series of articles and first person accounts of the rescue and attempted rescue of persons lost in the forested 900 square miles of the Coos River drainage over the years from 1871 to 2000.
A personal, pictorial, and primarily oral history of the small sawmill in the Douglas fir region, 1926-1956
The story of a Coos Indian woman born on a tidal slough on the Oregon Coast in 1860.
The compelling life story of an Upper Coquelle Athabaskan Indian who lived almost 100 years.
Local History
Local wilderness homesteads, 1875 to 1955. 160 photos, verbatim interviews. For copies contact author at

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