… We crow people know that stories just wander on and on and change form and are reborn again and again. That is who they are. Stories are not only words, you know. Words are just the clothes that people drape on stories. When crows tell stories, stories tell us, do you know what I mean? That’s just how it is with crow people. We have been playing with stories for a very long time. There are a lot of stories that haven’t been told yet, did you know that? And some stories get lost and don’t get told again for thousands of years. You find them sometimes all lonely. That’s why we have wings, you know. To go find stories. There are some stories that only certain kinds of people can tell. For example the wolverine people, there are some stories only they know and if you try to tell one of those stories nothing comes out of your mouth. That’s how dancing and singing were invented, you know, to try to jiggle the stories out.

From Mink River by Brian Doyle

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