Thomas Doty – Storyteller

A Native View

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Unkillable Coyote

In native stories, Coyote gets mangled a lot but he never really dies. Though he brings stuff of importance to the people -- Crater Lake, tobacco, stars in the sky -- it often involves him doing something so stupidly self-serving that he's squished into bits and pieces of his former self. But Coyote is a magical pooch! He always puts himself back together in time to star in the next story. Coyote is a reassembly-required kind of dog, and he does it very well.

Photo: In a Klamath story, Coyote falls in love with a glitzy star, dances into the sky with her, gets dumped, goes splat and makes Crater Lake.


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