Coyote wanted to help the Great Spirit put stars in the night sky. "No problem," thought Coyote. "This is easy."
After a few years of placing stars in the sky, he got bored. "I think I'll put some pictures in the sky," thought Coyote, but he could not think of any.
Bear came along and said, "Coyote, put me up in the sky. Put me right near the center." Coyote agreed. Some people call the Bear star picture the Big Dipper.
Then Rabbit hopped up, saw Bear in the night sky, and said, "Coyote, you must put me there with my whole family. Everyone likes rabbits."
Mouse heard Rabbit and shouted, "Coyote, you need little creatures in the night sky. Put me and my family in the sky."
Owl listened to Mouse and Rabbit and hooted, "Don't forget all the birds, Coyote. You must put us in the night sky too."
"I can't put everyone in the sky," said Coyote. "That is way too much work!"
So Coyote grabbed all the remaining stars and threw them up into the sky. This is how Coyote made the Milky Way.
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