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McDermott, Gerald (1994). Coyote: A Trickster Tale from the American Southwest. San Diego: Voyager Books, Harcourt Brace & Company. Story Synopsis: Coyote is blue in this tale and he has been looking for and getting into one misadventure after another as he tries to emulate different animals. When Coyote decides to fly, the crows humor him until he becomes too annoying. His fall down to the desert and reality results in his coat changing to the color of dust, but does nothing to change his nose for trouble.

Stevens, Janet (1993). Coyote Steals the Blanket: A Ute Tale. New York: Holiday House. Story Synopsis: Coyote finds himself in a predicament when, despite warnings from the hummingbird, he takes a blanket that does not belong to him. A huge rock rumbles through the canyon chasing him and knocking down everything in its path. Coyote cannot save himself until he returns the blanket and appeases the spirit of the great desert.

Aardema, Veran (1991). Borreguita and the Coyote: A Tale from Ayutla, Mexico. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Story Synopsis: Coyote attempts to eat a little ewe lamb, a borreguita. Each time the Coyote tries, the borreguita tricks him. She sends him into the lake after a giant “cheese,” that is really a full moon. She leaves him “holding up” the mountain, and she butts his mouth so hard that all of his teeth ache. The tale ends with an uneasy truce.

Hushishuma, Mourning Dove ( 1990). The Spirit Chief Names the Animal People. From: Coyote Stories. Lincoln Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press. Story Synopsis: The Great Spirit Chief was passing out names to all of the Animal People prior to the arrival of a new kind of people. Coyote was unhappy with his name, Sin-ka- lip, or imitator. However, the great Spirit Chief arranged things so that Coyote was unable to change his name. The Spirit Chief consoles him by giving him an important mission in life. He is to be chief of the tribes and protect them from those who will destroy them.

Malotki, Ekkehart (1985). Coyote and Bird Woman. From: Gullible Coyote Una`ihu: A Bilingual Collection of Hopi Coyote Stories. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. Story Synopsis: This Hopi tale begins with Coyote eating a family of baby birds. He goes on his way from village to village all the while running an extortion scheme. He convinces the people that they will be flooded if they do not give him all of their

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