Ute Elders say that Great Spirit created the Four-Leggeds (animals) first so that they could show Two-Leggeds (humans) how to "walk" on this earth. In Ute Legends, Kaelin has delved deeply into the ancient animal stories of the Ute Nation to find all they can teach us. Native oral tradition is too often dismissed as irrelevant, even though at least one story can be traced back over 1500 years. As Ute Legends shows us, these compelling stories teach everything from how to build a fire to ancient aspects of actual history. No wonder the Elders told them over and over, insisting that the children learn them verbatim.