Tom Coffin

Tom Coffin

Tom Coffin, who lives in Phoenix, has an extensive background in painting, sculpture, and architectural restoration. A Kansas native and member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Creek tribes, Mr. Coffin received a B.F.A. degree in painting and sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute.

Coyote in Love with a Star


Coyote gets lonely in the wide-open spaces of the Potawatomi Reservation in Kansas, so he moves to New York City in search of work and a special friend. There he quickly gets himself a job as Rodent Control Officer at the World Trade Center.


But he is always homesick, so at the end of the day, he escapes the crowds and hurry of the city by going up to the top of the tower to enjoy the quiet night skies. And one night he spots a star more beautiful than all of the others. . . . This original story centers on the Prarie Band Potawatomi, who were displaced several times from their original territory in the Great Lakes region to eventually be relocated in Kansas under the Indian Removal Act. Today, there are several bands of Potawatomi located in Wisconsin, Michigan, Oklahoma, and in Ontario, Canada. 

About the Tales of the People series

Created with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), Tales of the People is a series of children's books celebrating Native American culture with illustrations and stories by Indian artists and writers. In addition to the tales themselves, each book also offers four pages filled with information and photographs exploring various aspects of Native culture, including a glossary of words in different Indian languages.

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