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mayor rabbit. Although this portrayal of Coyote does depict a part of his personality, the greedy predator, it is quite a fall from Coyote the creator.

Summary: The research for this paper really began when I was searching for stories to tell the students who come to my library. I was looking for stories that are related to their Hispanic culture. Initially, I was looking at Mexican folklore. As I began working with these stories I was intrigued with the Coyote stories. The more I looked into them, the more interesting and varied I found them. That’s when I decided to focus on the Coyote stories for this project. One of the most difficult parts of writing this paper was the analysis. The effects of the time and location of the tribes influenced so much of the story that it was difficult to separate the cultural analysis from any other type of analysis. Just as the Native Americans adapted their food, shelter, and culture to the region in which they dwelled, their stories also reflect their lifestyles. Now I think that those are factors I will be watching for in any story I read or tell.

Citation of Additional Sources: Toelken, Barre (1996). The Dynamics of Folklore. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.

Toelken, Barre. Interview by Elizabeth Figa. 2 April 2002. WebCT online chat with the School of Library and Information Systems 5440 class. University of North Texas, Denton, Tx.

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