Trickster: Native American Tales

Trickster: Native American Tales
edited by Matt Dembicki
Fulcrum Books, 2010

A varied collection of short Native American Trickster legends, each produced by a different pair of writers and artists. The writers are all Native American storytellers, and the legends are largely animal-based and highlight specific universal lessons of cunning and responsibility, like Aesop’s Fables with coyotes instead of foxes.

The artwork is pleasingly diverse, although there’s a range of quality as well, and at its worst there’s a few typos and usage of what looks suspiciously like Comic Sans. There’s certainly scope for a Maori legend version, although it could either be brilliant or terrible.

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