Soft Child How Rattlesnake Got Its Fangs A Native American Folktale Retold by Joe Hayes
The foremost storyteller of the Southwest recounts the story of how Rattlesnake got its fangs.
Joe Hayes is a familiar favorite of children and adults alike, with his retelling of stories of the natural world that abound in the rich folklore of the Southwest.
This time the story is adapted from the Tohono O'odham (Papago) lore and tells of Soft Child, a gentle snake who is constantly tormented by Mountain Lion, Coyote, Porcupine, and his other desert neighbors. Defenseless in spite of using his rattle to deter their aggression, Soft Child petitions Sky God for a solution.
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