Among the many colorful
gods of the Aztec empire, Huehuecoyotl or Old Man Coyote (Huehue
= old man), was a shape-shifting god of merriment and magic and sexual energy.
Although he was an incorrigible trickster, often playing pranks that could turn
cruel, he bestowed special gifts of song, dance, stories, and poetry. In the
Coyote Kiva, Huehuecoyotl is celebrated as the icon of poets, the
Ancient Voice that speaks for those in silence, the Spirit Voice that wails for
justice in a broken world, the Sacred Belly Voice that roars with laughter at
human folly, and the Embracing Voice that whispers love songs to the
Here we find Huehuecoyotl's Sons and Daughters, speaking
in all his brightness and darkness, his sorrow, joy, wisdom, and truth. Poets
from all over the world contribute to this seat in the kiva. Their works are
presented according to topic.
Compassion, Understanding, Respect
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