American Indian Council
Coyote and the Friendly Dogs
Told by Ambrosio A. Castro, YAQUI MYTHS AND LEGENDS,
by Ruth Warner Giddings
A COYOTE who was very hungry was walking about the
outskirts of a field. He was discovered by a few
dogs who were taking care of the crops. With the
dogs were some little quail. This was in the time
when animals talked like people and all of them
understood one another.
The dogs talked to the coyote in such a way as not
to frighten him, saying, "Brother, come along with
us. It looks as if you are quite hungry."
"Poor little coyote," said the quail, with voices
which showed their pity. "It is obvious that
you are very hungry."
The coyote, thinking that they were going to give
him something to eat, went with them. He walked
along surrounded with dogs, for there were many
dogs, and the quail followed behind him singing:
'ama mele wo'i
wo'i taka 'ama mele.
Thus the little quail sang to the coyote. But he did
not like it, this song.
"Why do you sing this 'ama mele wo'i?" the coyote
"Oh, don't worry about that," said the dogs, "that
is just a song." But the words of the song meant,
"For the last time you are a coyote." This they sang
because they were taking him off to kill him.
Before they arrived at the houses the dogs set up a
great noise and barking. Men came out of the houses,
but the coyote couldn't run because he was
surrounded by dogs. The men took him off to where
they lit a great fire, and into it they threw the
poor coyote. Here ends the story.
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