Coyote And The Ducks From Native American Lore

Coyote cardThis is an Ojibwa story of Coyote. In many Native American traditions Coyote is known as a trickster. He usually makes us look at ourselves and our shortcomings and gives us a lesson in his tricks. This story was passed on by Blue Panther Keeper of Stories.

Coyote was walking along a lake and saw a flock of ducks, which put him in the mood for a good duck dinner. So he stuffed a bag full of grass and walked past the ducks, stepping lively and singing a catchy tune. “Where are you going?” asked one of the ducks.

“I am going to a circle,” replied Coyote. “What’s in the bag?” asked the duck.

“Songs that I am bringing to the circle,” replied Coyote.

“Oh, please sing your songs for us,” the ducks all said.

“I’m very busy”

“Please please, please, please ….” “I’m running late ,” “Please, please, please,  please….”.

“Oh, alright.  I’ll sing a song for you, but I need your help. All of you stand in three lines. The fattest ones in the front, those in the middle who are neither fat nor thin, and the thin ones in back. ”

“All of you close your eyes and dance and sing as loud as you can. Don’t anyone open your eyes or stop singing, because my songs are very powerful and if you do that you may go blind! Is everyone ready?”

“We are!” replied the ducks, and they fell into lines and began dancing and singing along with Coyote’s tune.

Coyote moved up and down the line, thumping the ducks on the head and stuffing them into his bag. The ducks were singing and dancing so hard that no one could hear the thumps or know what was happening.

This would have gone on till none were left, if not for one scraggly duck in the back who opened his eyes and saw what was going on. “Hey, he’s going to get us all!” cried the scraggly one.

At this, the other surviving ducks opened their eyes and made their getaway.  Coyote wasn’t too upset; he already had a lot of ducks in his bag. He went home  and ate good for a good while.

The ducks went home and mourned their dead, and gave thanks to The Great Duck that one of them had been  wise enough to open his eyes, and that the rest of them had been  wise enough to listen to the one who gave warning.

I’d say the moral of this story is that we should never blindly follow anyone and keep our eyes open for what is really happening around us. Wouldn’t you?

~ Mitakuye Oyasin ~ We are all related

Shawnodese Spiritkeeper of the South Winds

The power of Shawnodese (Coyote)  is trust and growth. Summer is the season of Shawnodese. It is  a time of rapid growth, maturing, and testing. The animal totem of Shawnodese is Coyote with the medicine of Trickster. Some believe that the South Winds animal totem is Mouse with the medicine of Scrutiny. The totem colors are green for growth and healing and yellow for intelligence and natural wisdom.

The element associated with Shawnodese of the Native American Medicine Wheel is water . The mineral Howling Coyote totem  is serpentine.  Sagebrush is the plant totem.  The time of life is that of our older childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.  This time  of  life can be physical or relate to where you are in your journey or a project that you are involved in. Shawnodese directly influences these moons:  Strong Sun Moon (June 21 to July 22), the Ripe Berries Moon (July 23 to august 22), and the Harvest Moon (August 23 to September 22).

Like the power of Waboose, the power of Shawnodese is  paradoxical in nature.  Shawnodese brings the time of rapid growth.  A time when every being has to reach out for fulfillment quickly with no time to question the path laid down for it by the Great Spirit.

The South is where we go to seek our visions.  We ask the Creator to point us  in the direction that we  should go. Many times after the Creator has made this direction known to us, we  have to follow it so rapidly that we must learn to trust our  Creator and not question our path.  Shawnodese gives us the gifts of energy, adaptability, maturity, playfulness, and humor to aid us on this new path.

For many humans this time of Shawnodese is more of self-assurance and of acceptance.  The time of the South Wind is when everything in our world truly seems possible, when the search for love is definitely one of our guiding forces and when we are particularly capable of giving and receiving love in many meanings of the word. The time of Shawnodese is a time of learning about relationships.

The paradox of Shawnodese is that while all this outward and energetic activity is taking place and while we are learning to trust life and follow our own life path;  the old trickster starts to play.  Coyote  is prepared to do whatever he needs to do in order to make us grow inwardly as well.

The coyote means many things to Native American peoples.  To some he is trickster in the most powerful sense. He is the sacred clown who urges life to keep crating itself.  To others he is a form of the Creator. Some consider coyote merely a clown, a fool, one who tricks himself more than he tricks others.

The animal itself also has many meanings to people. To some, coyote is a nuisance, a thief, and a scoundrel. To others he is a symbol of freedom and mystery. How fitting a totem he is for paradoxical Shawnodese.

The favorite trick of the coyote is one very appropriate to this place on the Medicine Wheel. He  makes you fall in love and most often with a person very different from you and from how you thought you wanted your mate to be. Attraction is the glue that draws people to these walking and talking human lessons of life.  Love will be the cement that binds them together as long as they are willing to learn from each other.

The South Wind under the guidance of Shawnodese is a good time to explore love and relationships. Explore the world around you and learn who you are and how that compares with who you feel you should be.  It is a time to take the first strong steps toward your own maturity.

When you are under the influence of Shawnodese you must be careful not to burn yourself out trying to do everything. You must be careful to use some common sense in your relationships. You must learn how to protect yourself, for this is one of the lessons necessary to grow into a mature human being. You must learn that there is a both a time to be open and a time to contain your energy and your feelings within yourself.

Shawnodese is the place of the heart, the place of the emotions. It is here that we come when we need healing of the heart, when we need to learn how to love, when we need to learn to let go of all that is not love; hate, fear, envy, jealousy, rage and anger.

The South Wind is the place to come if you are having problems with a relationship or if you are looking for a relationship. The Shawnodese (the stone of the trickster) will help you to understand why it is that you are drawn to a person and what you can do to help the relationship grow. You will learn about charm, nurturance, trust, gullibility, humor, and manipulation. Shawnodese will teach you about sexuality and sensuality and how they differ and how they are the same. Shawnodese is the power of love.  The power of the open heart working in conjunction with the discriminating mind. The power of Shawnodese is the power of growth.

~Mitakuye Oyasin~ We are all related