Owl and Woodpecker – A Navajo Tale

A Navajo Legend

Story told by Don Mose, Jr.
Illustrated by Molly Trainor

Owl and Woodpecker - A Navajo Tale

To the Navajo, the owl is a bearer of bad news. When an owl appears, it may be a warning that something terrible is about to happen. When a traditional Navajo sees an owl, he ppecker – A Navajo Talerays for intervention, protection, and guidance.

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Also see:

Father Sky and Mother Earth- A Navajo Legend

Coyote, Bobcat and the Corn


  1. I was taught that white man added the endings to many native stories that say something like, “And that is why such and such is this way today.” Original storytellers presumed the listener could figure that out for him/herself. With children, the story might lead to a discussion.

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