Legends don't come close to capturing the incredible story of the coyote. In the face of centuries of annihilation campaigns employing everything from gases to engineered epidemics, coyotes didn't just survive, the thrived, expanding across the continent from Alaska to New York. Coyote America traces the five-million year biological story of the coyote and its cultural evolution, from holding a preeminent spot in Native American tales to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A Pen America Litarary Award Finalist. Dan Flores lives outside of Santa Fe, NM.
Coyote America, A Natural & Supernatural History by Dan Flores
Chapter 1: Old Man America
In the remotest time of early North America, after he had molded mud from the ocean bottom into mountains, plains, and forests to create the essential topography of the continent, Coyote was going along. He had placed stars in the sky, some as pictures, some as a latticed road across the night, some tossed willy-nilly into the inky black. He had arranged the years into four seasons, and he had populated the world with humans. As the special helper of the Creator, who seemed not especially interested in any of this hands-on creation work himself, Coyote had killed monster after monster on behalf of his human charges, whom he'd then located in good, monster-free spots across America. He had released animals like buffalo from underground and- admittedly, with a few unlucky mistakes - placed salmon and other fish in many of the rivers. He had invented penises and vaginas and taught humans what to do with them. The first technology, in the form of fire, came from Coyote. Then, not without some remorse, he had introduced death into the world.
Now, with all these fundamental creations in place, Coyote had no intention of stepping into the background or hiding himself.