Coyote at the River

“… you know, Coyote

is in the origin and all the way

through … he’s the cause

of the trouble, the hard times

that things have…”

“Yet, he came so close

to having it easy.

But he said,

“Things are just too easy…”

Simon Ortiz, “Telling About Coyote”

This fragment of an Acoma tale by the great Native American poet Simon Ortiz (in Shaking the Pumpkin, ed. Jerome Rothenberg, 1991) reminds us that Coyote—like the Holy Spirit—is a divine force and was there at the beginning of creation (of the universe or of a nation).  At the risk of danger and at great cost, Trickster heroically opposes “easy” petrification, and even perilous and violent orthodoxy.

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“Coyote at the River,” original art by Jeff Thomson.

“Coyote at the River,” original art by Jeff Thomson.

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