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Coyote Networks Hyena's Den, Part I


Coyote Networks Hyena's Den

They say that Coyote tried to shoot down the sun once, and he never tried that again. It was too hard to get this arrows back; when his four best arrows were stuck in the sun's big blue roof he climbed the spider-thread that Xah, the spider-woman, made for him. Now, the sun runs very quickly through the sky, and takes his house with him. So, when Coyote climbed back down, and made Xah so angry that she cut her rope to drop him, he was a long, long way from his wife and his home, and the animal people in this land had bigger ears.

Coyote was hungry, and he was the greatest hunter he knew of. It would be no trouble to find a deer to eat. He climbed to the top of a tree, and looked across the plain. There were deer, but they were strange deer with horns twisted like a rope and sharp as a spear, and when he chased them, they jumped and ran as fast as Salmon leaps through a stream.

"You are going to need help to catch those, Coyote." A bird spoke up. This was Hornbill, who often put his big beak into the affairs of other, more important creatures.

"Why? Are you saying there are hunters who are better than I am?"

"I am saying that there are hunters who can catch a gazelle."

"Well, tell me about these great hunters. I will let them show me how they would catch a gazelle, then I will show them how Coyote catches a gazelle. See? The gazelle are already running. See how they fear me!"

"I know three hunters who have already caught gazelle today, before the sun even came up."

"Who are they? They would be grateful to have a strong hunter like me share their meal. Think of all the things we could talk about! I will tell them about all the gazelles I have caught."

"They are Cheetah, Lion and Hyena."

"Tell me about Cheetah."

"Cheetah is like Mountain Lion, but very fast."

"I am very fast--faster than a deer. Two deers!"

"When Cheetah runs, the wind has to catch her breath."

"Oh. Well, what about lion?"

"Do you know Bear?"

"Yes! Bear is very big."

"Lion is bigger."

"Then tell me about Hyena," said Coyote.

"Hyena? Hyena is kind of stupid."

"Then I will meet this Hyena! We will have much to talk about, this morning."


Inspired by a true story :)

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poppinjaye
Apr. 7th, 2004 06:53 am (UTC)
I think you should add illustrations. This has Potential :)
spottylogic
Apr. 7th, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
I could add photographs of Whines falling through my roof :)
baktre
Apr. 7th, 2004 07:52 am (UTC)
*whimpers* :)
baktre
Apr. 7th, 2004 07:54 am (UTC)
Hee, very cute...curious to see where this goes. :)
spottylogic
Apr. 7th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC)
Primarily, downhill...

October says that it's required that I make a roadrunner joke (roadrunner being 1) Wile E. Coyote's favorite prey, and 2) a broadband provider).
squeakymaus
Apr. 7th, 2004 09:13 am (UTC)
WooHoo!
Are you going to go back to telling stories about Hostien Coyote? You still have so many more ways to kill him off.
spottylogic
Apr. 7th, 2004 09:22 am (UTC)
Huh? Please don't know more about one of my pet interests than I do...
squeakymaus
Apr. 7th, 2004 09:34 am (UTC)
Sorry
According to so many of the legends, in his quest for an easier way to do things, or because of his laziness, or because he was looking for something that should not have been his, Hostien Coyote often died horribly, and it was only the mercy of his brothers that brought him back. You taught me all of this, several years ago.

BTW, do you still have my book of Navajo legends and their creation myth? I haven't seen it in a couple of years, and vaguely remember loaning it to you (though that could have been a halucination, and I am not even completely sure I owned that book, though I think I did at one point).
spottylogic
Apr. 7th, 2004 09:40 am (UTC)
I've read my fair share of coyote legends, it was the name "Hostien" that threw me (probably one proper noun among dozens).

Hmm...I was reading a book of Navaho Coyote stories last night. It might have been yours (it currently has my bookplate on it, but only means that I've had it for over three years, sorry!)
squeakymaus
Apr. 7th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC)
I will trust the bookplate

For the bookplate knows the truth.

Hostien was a term of reverence that was used for all of the archetypal animals (so Hostien Coyote, Hostien Eagle, even Hostien Ant (though that one does not feature prominently). The only animal I do not recall hearing addressed by this name is Turkey. But most folks saw him as a sort of ditzy fuck-up, incapable of contributing to the world, but without the laziness, greed or malice that are sometimes attributed to Coyote.
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