Crawfish Races Coyote – Small Lake in the Area
Arrow Lakes Legend Told by Martin Louie
Colville Confederated Tribal Member and Elder
Coyote was teasing Crawfish because he was so slow and because he walked sideways. Crawfish argued he was not slow, but indeed very fast. Coyote laughed, gave him a long look, and challenged him to a race.
Crawfish told Coyote, “You go ahead and I’ll follow you.”
They got ready to race and met by the lake. Coyote stood in front of Crawfish, and said, “We’ll race to the log in that little lake up ahead.”
Off they went and as Crawfish was about to pass, Coyote sped up. He kept running, but just as he approached the finish line, he turned around to have one last look at Crawfish. In doing so, he swung his tail and threw Crawfish over the finish line, which was the small lake, ahead of him.
They say that the small lake used to be in the area of northeast Washington State, on the Colville Confederated Reservation and served as the finish line between the race of Coyote and Crawfish.
Where small lake is….
This is one of the many legends recorded by the elders of the Colville Confederated Reservation. These stories are still shared by elders and passed down through generations and each one telling a valuable lesson to youth. What do you think the lesson is of Coyote and Crawfish?