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Coyote Tales at Grays Harbor College
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Learn Native American words, songs, and trickster tales of how things came to be!

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016
7:00 PM
Where: Grays Harbor College - Bishop Center for Performing Arts
1620 Edward P. Smith Dr.
Aberdeen 98520
United States

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Nearly every indigenous culture in the world tells ‘trickster tales’. Prevalent in North America are stories about the infamous Coyote! Coyote Tales is an adaption of two hilarious stories and is performed with puppets, masks, and costumes inspired by Pacific Northwest Native American art.

Coyote and the Cedar Tree (adapted from a Clatsop/Chinook tale)

Coyote the Trickster is up to his old games and caught in his own trap. This practical joker of the animal world attempts to pull a fast one on Human and, when the trick turns, finds himself trapped in the Cedar Tree. Coyote tries his wily ways on Raven and Woodpecker in hopes they will free him from his trap. Eventually our hero escapes but, like most trickster tales, getting there is most of the fun…at least for the audience!

How Coyote Kept His Name (adapted from an Okanogan tale) So how did that rascal Coyote get his name? When the chance comes to choose a new name Coyote decides to get a better one. Surely he deserves a powerful name such as Grizzly Bear, Eagle, or Salmon. Determined to be the first in line to choose Coyote attempts to stay up all night but his plans go awry when he falls asleep and wakes up late.

Learn Native American words, songs, and trickster tales of how things came to be!


Tears of Joy Theatre is recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding puppet theaters, known internationally for its innovation and excellence. The company tours widely throughout the United State as well as offering a variety of educational programs in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area. Tears of Joy Theatre has received a Washington State Governor’s Arts Award and a Young Audiences Sunburst Award for its “exemplary commitment to arts in education.” Four of the theater’s productions have received American puppetry’s highest honor, The Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry from UNIMA-USA.

Ticket Prices: Four Ticket Family Pack $25 or $7 each

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