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Native American Legends: Sinawava
Tribal affiliation: Chemehuevi,
Alternate spellings: Sinawavi, Cenawavi, Sinawapi, Sina'avi, Sunawavi, Cunawabi, Cin-An-Ev
Also known as: Coyote
Type: Animal gods,
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.
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
Mirror and Pattern: George Laird's World of Chemehuevi Mythology:
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Collection of legends and folklore recorded by the wife of a Chemehuevi story-teller.
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