[Lexicog] "googly" and metaphors of deception

Kenneth C. Hill kennethchill at YAHOO.COM
Sun May 23 02:42:15 UTC 2004

In most of the languages of the American west and Mexico the coyote is the
trickster/fool. The languages I've worked on in which this is the case
include Cahuilla, Cupeño, and Serrano in California, Hopi and O'odham in
Arizona, and Nahuatl in Mexico. I have heard that the raven fills this
role in the northwest/Canadian west and Alaska.

The indigenous folkloric coyote provided the basis for the coyote figure
in the coyote and roadrunner cartoons. It may be of interest that the
roadrunner is not an important folkloric figure.


--- Wayne Leman <wayne_leman at sil.org> wrote:
> coyote: Cheyenne
> > In different cultures deception and cunning behavior are associated
> with
> > certain animals. The animal metaphor is often applied to a human
> > trickster.
> >
> > rabbit: Africa and America
> > fox: German, Dutch, French
> > jackal: Arabic
> > (o)possum: US
> > spider: Africa
> > squirrel: Africa
> >
> > Fritz Goerling

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