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Background For Teachers:
Read Pia Toya—A Goshute Indian Legend to the students. If you have access to the book, that is best. If not, you can make due with the excerpts on our website or the synopsis that is included in the teacher materials for this lesson. Pass out worksheets, and let students fill in the answers to the first set of questions. Talk through any questions they may have about Coyote and his "trickster" persona.
Have students watch Coyote and Frog. Have them answer the next questions on their worksheet. Discuss the differences between Coyote's behavior and Frog's behavior.
Give each student a copy of "Coyote Eye-Juggler." Have them read silently and answer the next set of questions on their own. Gather the class back together to discuss Coyote's behavior. Was it what they expected based on the first story? What lessons about behavior does this story teach? Can knowing the lessons hidden in the stories of a group of people tell us something about those people?
Discuss the Goshute lifestyle and why these stories would have been important and useful to the Goshutes.
Have students finish the last set of questions on their worksheet.
Papanikolas, Zeese. Trickster in the Land of Dreams. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1995.
Pia Toya – A Goshute Indian Legend: Retold and Illustrated by the Children and Teachers of the Ibapah Elementary School. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2000.
The University of Utah's American West Center (AWC) produced the curriculum materials in consultation with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Office of Education, KUED 7, and the Goshute, Northwestern Band of the Shoshone, Southern Paiute, and Ute nations.
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