Native American Trickster Tales
Tricksters • Trickster: • a mischievous figure in myth or folklore • typically makes up for physical weakness with cunning and subversive humor • alternates between cleverness and stupidity, kindness and cruelty, deceiver and deceived, breaker of taboos and creator of culture.
Tricksters • the vulgar but sacred Trickster assumes manyforms: Old-Man Coyote , Raven, The TrickyOne, e.g. • tricksters alternately scandalize/disgusts, amuses/disrupt, chastise/ humiliate (or are humiliated by) the animal—proto-people of pre-history • also a creative force transforming the world, sometimes in bizarre and outrageous ways
Tricksters • represents • most basic instincts (eternally scavenging for food) • in some narratives, he is the fatherof the Indian people • and a potent conductor of spiritual forces in the form of sacred dreams