an interesting character, is found in Native cultures throughout
In some stories, Coyote is the Creator or has the power of creation.
In others he’s a culture hero, battling supernatural enemies. At times
he’s a messenger,
bringing culturally significant information to the people.
Sometimes he’s a trickster, outsmarting people and animal-people.
And still in others he’s a buffoon; he's sex-crazed; he’s forever dying
at the hands of a more clever being.
These stories are meant to entertain, instruct, or do both.
In contemporary Coyote stories, the concept is the same,
although in most contemporary Coyote stories he’s a buffoon of sorts.
coyote cycle is a series of tales or episodes involving the travels and
adventures of the trickster,
For any one story-teller, these tales or episodes had a fixed order in
respect to one another,
though another story-teller's account might run somewhat differently.
The manner of organizing these episodes seemed to depend more or less
on family lines,
since the young of a given family group drew their inspiration from
relative and carried on his version of the proper way to relate the
antics of Coyote.