“The Great Trickster”

Coyote is known as the great trickster and cultural hero of Native American mythology.  Coyotes are also noted for their crafty intelligence and many native cultures call the coyote “Medicine Dog.”  Ina Woolcott describes coyote symbolism as the following:  

“When we are being too serious about life, Coyote may appear to teach us to laugh at ourselves and life’s ironies. Be prepared for your sense of humor to arise in full force in line with what is happening around you and to you…

…The Coyote teaches how wisdom and folly go together. In other’s mistakes we see our own foolishness and can learn from their mistakes…

…Coyote’s howl touches your soul, reminding you of your primal connections…”

I spotted this coyote recently in Rocky Mountain National Park.  At first, it was hiding behind some brush and almost invisible.  I felt honored that my presence was accepted as the coyote eventually moved out into open space before walking to a new location up and over a hill.  I had a few moments of being in a respectful space with this wonderful animal – very cool indeed.





  1. HV – The title tells it all.
    The poses say a lot about mutual respect.
    Another of God’s amazing creatures.

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