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Adultery is usually treated as a serious transgression in Native American folklore, comparable to other major familial wrongs like failing to provide for children or parents-in-law. Cheating spouses of both genders are usually punished in some way during the course of the story. (This is true even in the folklore of tribes that practiced polygamy.) There is one notable set of exceptions, however: in trickster tales, the extramarital affairs of scoundrels like Coyote or Iktomi are often played for laughs. Even in these stories, the tricksters' adulterous adventures often have unpleasant consequences for them, but they never see the error of their ways. Of course, the audience is already aware that characters like Iktomi are badly behaved louts, whose exploits often are meant to demonstrate exactly how NOT to behave (usually in the funniest way possible.) So the serial adultery of trickster characters may elicit a little bit of admiration and a lot of laughs, but everyone knows it isn't behavior to be emulated. Ordinary humans who attempt to cheat on their husbands or wives in Native Amerian legends usually end up abandoned, dead, or turned into monsters.
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