“We already have the blurb!”
“‘Coyote is a Native American culture hero, buffoon, and trickster figure who mixes animal and human traits to mostly comic, often catastrophic, and sometimes salutary effect.’ Not quite how I’d have phrased it, but… ‘The world in which Coyote moves can be conceived as a parallel to the Aboriginal Australian Dreaming and to the worlds of most other early indigenous mythological story cycles and systems’ …this is the most boring blurb ever… ‘including those which are native to our own shores.'”
My companion was head in hands. It was difficult to determine whether the shoulders were shaking with laughter or tears. Nevertheless…
“‘Wherever and whenever our world is perceived as a sentient being’ … it’s a graphic novel… ‘and the pervading ontology’… pervading ontology?” He howled. I hoped it was laughter. “‘… is animistic in nature; wondrous, perplexing, and highly imaginative, yet nonetheless, instructive tales such as these are to be found. Long may they continue to be enjoyed…'”
“Yes, perfectly accurate, but more suited to a scholarly work than a graphic novel. Who is the target audience…and how many of them will know that a ‘pervasive ontology’ is not some kind of virulent disease?” We started again. Phrase by phrase.
“That took longer than I expected…”
“But it is better…”
“That’s why you write the blurbs…”
“Couldn’t you make me into a Bull?”
In a time before Man walked the Earth, the Great Spirit breathed life into the land. Coyote was the First. Playful, subversive, curious and sometimes comical, he and his fellow creatures shaped the world for those who were to follow.
Coyote is a Native American Trickster and hero of many adventures. Tales of his exploits were passed down and shared with the young to illustrate the dangers of being human. Wilful, headstrong and always in trouble, Coyote journeyed through the spirit worlds, stealing fire and outwitting Death.
When the Earth was loved as a living being, the rocks sang and the trees danced. Animals uttered Nature’s wisdom and the sun rose and set upon a wondrous world. The echoes of this magical landscape can still be found in the myths and legends of many cultures. They represent the weaving of the human spirit and the silent lore of creation.
“Be careful, Coyote, never perform this trick more than four times in any one day.’”