Bel Abbey was a Koasati Native American storyteller from Elton, Louisiana whose repertoire of stories reflected his Koasati background. Many of his best were animal tales, both fictional and personal. His folktales included such characters as the rabbit, the turtle, and the bear. He also told of his own encounters with animals who outwitted him while hunting. Before he passed away in 1992, Bel had passed on many of his stories to his nephew, Bertney Langley.