Robert L. Hunton is the author of novels of mystery and adventure for young readers, including the Borderlands TrilogyGift of the Desert Dog (2010), Secrets of the Medicine Pouch (2012), and Coyote-meeter’s Abyss (2013).


Hunton’s career as a middle school teacher in the Colchester, Vermont School District spanned thirty-two years, during which time he taught 7th and 8th grade language arts/social studies lessons on topics as diverse as cartoon storyboards, plains Indian winter counts, and medieval castle construction, in places extending beyond the classroom—under a cantilevered rock on a mountainside, in the sanctuary of old barns and covered bridges, or in the woods surrounding Fort Ticonderoga on Lake Champlain, where he walked with his students in the footsteps of Montcalm, Washington, and Ethan Allen.


He has delivered graduation addresses, conducted workshops on curriculum and website development, hammered nails with a president, coached boy’s and girl’s basketball, and led cub scouts in Blue and Gold banquet songs. He is an active member of the League of Vermont Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Society of Southwestern Authors.


The author now lives with wife, Julie, near Tucson, Arizona. Post a comment at


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is crucial in the O’odham creation story. Coyote, Buzzard, and Elder Brother first walked Mother Earth, creating (shaping) the O’odham people from the red clay. Coyote’s and Buzzard’s clay figures were not shaped very well, and so Elder Brother’s clay figures were chosen to represent the people. Coyote is the trickster, but also a symbol of endurance.