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Coyote and the Monster
This version of the legend comes from Hoijer's 1933 article Tonkawa, an Indian language of Texas.
Coyote was going along, it is said, and while so doing, he climbed a
mountain and was standing there. It happened there was a large
camp below that mountain. Coyote, descending, arrived at that
large camp. As he came to the last (tipi), (he heard someone)
weeping inside the tipi. Coyote, entering, said, "What is the matter ? "
The woman said, "All this camp off in this direction has no people
in it. An evil one has killed them all."
"Well, don't cry," said Coyote, "tomorrow I intend to fight with
him (the monster)."
The woman went out and announced, "Coyote says he will fight
"When I fight him tomorrow, don't run away," said Coyote,
"Watch me closely."
"Yes," she said, it is said.
That evening, (Coyote), going down to the river and cutting a
(stick of) very hard wood, he burned it black, put it away and went
to sleep. The next morning he arose and, going outside, he sat down
facing the east and howled loudly. Sitting towards the south, he
again howled ; again towards the west ; and, finally, he sat facing the
north and howled.
When the women went for wood, Coyote joined them. Suddenly
they said, "Here he comes!" And that evil one was red above the
waist and black below the waist, it is said. The women ran away and
Coyote hid. Just as he (the evil one) ran towards him, he fought that
evil one. At that moment many wolves, catching hold of him and
fighting with him, killed the evil one, it is said. And then the wolves
Coyote said then to that camp of no people. "Close tightly all
these tipis", and all the tipis were closed. Then Coyote went off a
ways and, running back, shouted, "Come, quickly!, this camp is
burning!" but nothing happened. Again he went off and, running
back, shouted, "Come, quickly, this camp is burning", but (again)
nothing happened. Again he went off, and, running back, shouted,
"Come, quickly, this camp is burning", and nothing happened.
Then the last time, he went off and, running back, shouted, "Come,
quickly, this camp is burning." Then many people ran out, it is said.
Then they gave Coyote a pretty woman for his wife, it is said.
More stories to read:
Native American Coyote legends
Legends about monsters
Legends about wolves
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