Thomas Doty – Storyteller

Coyote's Riddling Talk


Finding the Answers

Coyote doesn't make it easy. He's buried links to the answers in five different places on this website and left you hints of where they are. Dig up any one of his hiding places and you'll find answers to all of his riddles. If you get totally stuck, you can contact Doty and he'll consider begging Coyote on your behalf, if he can find him. But really, it's less embarrassing for everyone to get there on your own. If you're really good, you'll find ALL FIVE of Coyote's hiding places before peeking at the answers!

Please note that all of Coyote's yapping takes place within Doty & Coyote's homeland of southern Oregon and northern California. In addition, all of the cultural information you need to figure out the answers can be found on this website.

Hints to Coyote's Hiding Places

Riddling Talk #6

Coyote says, "One became two. Though opposite, their name is redundant. Birdsong heralds their beginning and their end. A mirror of my mythic mind, we world-changers walk the same path. While I strut my stuff center-stage in the spotlight, the universe eternally revolves around them. They stole my show! Who are they?"

Riddling Talk #5

Coyote says, "Here is an ancient name and a newbie nickname. The latter has a longer tail that hisses. One is what they call me in the Land of Burnt Out Fires where I am a mighty hero of mythological strength. The other, when muttered in the lesser tongue of new arrivals, is my wimpy almost-identical twin. Scholars smirk that together we are an unintended cross-cultural pun, but they don't know much. Who are we?"

Riddling Talk #4

Coyote says, "One town boasts, 'I'm a mountain' and the other shouts, 'I've found it!' Their names sound so alike to my doggy ears that one might be an echo of the other, but they aren't. And folklorists say I've got a split personality! Those gold-grabbing guys were nuts! Sometimes I think I'm in one town when I'm actually in the other, or is it the other way around? Help me out here. Which is which?"

Riddling Talk #3

Coyote says, "Rocks and water, rocks and water! One in the north, one in the south. A bitter wind blows here and there, and tales about ME are wagged with the same tongue. What's the one true Indian name of these places?"

Riddling Talk #2

Coyote says, "Not another bite of this chunky mush! Pincers in the depths pinch my tongue, and the taste is too familiar. No goodies in this doggone doggy bowl are worth munching, and the smell offends even me! What name is stenciled on my bowl?"

Riddling Talk #1

Coyote says, "On this downhill walk, I drink my fill at the beginning till my bones ache in the middle. I sit on my tail at the end. Thinking back, this trek was a pain in the neck! At least it was mostly downhill. Where am I walking?"