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In Native American oral storytelling traditions, Coyote is a character that appears as a male trickster and sometimes a buffoon. In a typical story about Coyote, he gets himself into trouble and, as he gets himself out, the listener learns some new wisdom along with Coyote. In Kenneth Collier’s book, Our Seven Principles in Story and Verse: A Collection for Children and Adults (Boston: Skinner House, 1997), Coyote is the protagonist of a tale that illustrates why it is important to appreciate our friends.