Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Old Man Coyote

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Old Man Coyote
Old Man Coyote

Native American Indian Animal Spirits: Old Man Coyote

Name: Coyote (Plains Indian)

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Tribal affiliation: Sioux, Arikara

Also known as: Old Man Coyote

Native names: Mica, Maca, Chirich

Type: Animal spirits, trickster, coyote

Related figures in other tribes: Coyote (West Coast), Coyote (Southwest), Jamul (Achumawi)

Coyote is one of the two major trickster figures of Plains Indian mythology. (The other is Iktomi or Spider, and the same stories are often told with Coyote as the main character in one community and Iktomi/Spider as the main character in another.)

In Plains Indian stories, Coyote nearly always takes the shape of a man. He is clever but reckless, and is constantly getting himself and the people around him into trouble with his socially inappropriate behavior like greed, boastfulness, lying, and chasing women. Coyote stories are usually humorous in nature, and many of them contain what today is considered ‘adult humor.’ Other Plains Coyote legends are cautionary tales about the consequences of bad behavior and the dangers of interacting with irresponsible people. Although Coyote usually either narrowly avoids death or returns to life after being killed, the mortals around him are not always so lucky.

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