Coyote People

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In some versions of Navajo cosmology, there are stories and songs about a group of Coyote deities, who are also referred to as Holy People. Coyote, known as First Scolder in much Navajo lore, is a trickster deity that can be both benevolent and evil. The Coyote People show up in the Coyoteway ceremonial that cures Coyote illness, a form of mental illness associated with the ambivalent nature of the coyote.

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"Coyote" by Don McCullough is licensed under CC BY-NC.

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