Walatowa Pueblo (Towa) aka Jemez Pueblo.
This Pueblo is located NW of Albuquerque in the Jemez
Mountains. Walatowa translates to “this is the place”.
This story has to do with envy and wanting what others have.
One day while on his travels Coyoté came upon two young fawns
playing and singing. When he inquired as to what they were
doing the fawns explained that they were admiring their new
antlers. Coyoté became very envious of their beautiful antlers
and asked where he could find a pair. They explained that they
were gifted by their mother. Out of envy he went on a search and
found a pair of antlers and asked the fawns to help him fasten
them. They agreed but explained it would not come without great
pain. He was so infatuated with the idea of how handsome he
would look with them that he agreed despite the pain. The young
fawns took a stone and drove the antlers deep into his head. He
howled in great pain as the fawns ran away. This is how Coyoté
learned that coveting what others have only leads to great pain.
Jewelry, concept, and stories told by
Leah Prada Harrison of Yoté Jewelry