Coyote Helps Create Man

Note: The Navajo (Diné) word for "Coyote" is Mąii, but the Diné word for the "Coyote" (of Navajo mythology) is Átsé Hashké. The Diné word for "Grandfather Spirit" is Níłchi Diyinii Hacheii. The Diné word for "[Mother] Earth" is Nahasdzáán. The Diné word for "First Man" is Átsé Hastiin. The Dine’ word for "First Woman" is Átsé Asdzáán. The Diné word for "Animals" is Naaldloosh.

In the beginning great Grandfather Spirit had just finished creating Mother Earth and all the animals, and he felt pleased with his creations. After some time, the animals started fighting each other over which of them will be the leader of all the other animals. Coyote, who was not into fighting, then asked Grandfather Spirit to make a Man and a Woman to rule over all the animals of the earth. They became known as First Man and First Woman. Grandfather Spirit loved the idea and went to work on First Man and First Woman right away.

Grandfather Spirit was having a hard time coming up with an image to make First Man and First Woman in. Coyote later came to Grandfather Spirit to see how the creations were coming. When Coyote saw Grandfather Spirit was having trouble with First Man and First Woman, Coyote with all his magic, turned himself into an image of a man. When Grandfather Spirit saw this, he thanked Coyote and went to work on First Man in the image Coyote showed him. Once Grandfather Spirit created First Man out of Mother Earth, he then blew life into First Man. Grandfather Spirit told First Man that he will make First Man a mate. Grandfather Spirit started making an image of First Woman that looked exactly like First Man. Coyote then said "No no no Grandfather. First Man won't want a woman who looks like his attractiveness. Here is how First Woman should look like." Then Coyote again transformed himself into am image of a woman. Grandfather Spirit studied this image and went to work on creating First Woman out of Mother Earth. When done, First Woman looked just like the image of the woman that Coyote showed Grandfather Spirit. Grandfather Spirit then blew life into First Woman, and First Man and Grandfather Spirit said that this was good. Grandfather Spirit told First Man and First Woman that they are now the new leaders of the land and to treat Mother Earth, and all who dwell on it, like family, because they all come from Mother Earth. Grandfather Spirit thanked Coyote for his help and to show his thanks, he gave Coyote more magical powers than any other animal.

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