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Native American Legends: Sinawava

Name: Sinawava
Tribal affiliation: Chemehuevi, Ute
Alternate spellings: Sinawavi, Cenawavi, Sinawapi, Sina'avi, Sunawavi, Cunawabi, Cin-An-Ev
Also known as: Coyote
Type: Animal gods, tricksters, coyotes
Related figures in other tribes: Coyote (Western)

Sinawava is Coyote, the culture hero of Ute and Chemehuevi mythology. Though he is a trickster figure whose frivolous, irresponsible behavior is constantly causing trouble for everyone around him, Coyote also plays a more serious role as benefactor and teacher of the people.

Sinawava Stories

*Coyote Tales of the Mojave Desert:
    Coyote stories from the Chemehuevi, Kawaiisu and Tubatulabal tribes.
*Chemehuevi Religious Beliefs and Practices:
    Anthropology article on the mythology and ritual life of the Chemehuevi people.

Recommended Books of Related Native American Legends
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Mirror and Pattern: George Laird's World of Chemehuevi Mythology:
    Collection of legends and folklore recorded by the wife of a Chemehuevi story-teller.

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Additional Resources

 Chemehuevi gods
 Chemehuevi language
 Chemehuevi Indians
 Ute tribe
 Southern California Indian tribes
 Great Basin Native Americans
 Uto Aztecan language

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