Shiewhibak Pueblo (Tiwa) aka Isleta Pueblo.
This Pueblo is located just south of Albuquerque on the
Rio Grande. Shiewhibak translates to “a knife laid on the
ground to play whib (a footrace)”.
In the beginning when the animals first came up from the
darkness to live above ground, Coyoté was sent ahead by
Thought Woman to deliver a buckskin pouch far to the South.
He was given very clear instructions not to open the pouch or
he would be punished. For many days Coyoté ran southward.
With nothing to eat along the way he grew very hungry. He
wondered if maybe there was food in the pouch. Going against
Thought Woman’s warning, he opened the pouch only to find it
full of stars. The stars escaped from the pouch and shot straight
up into the sky. Because Coyoté disobeyed, Thought Woman
punished him with a toothache that made him howl and cry
everywhere he went. That is how it came to be that the stars are
in the sky and Coyoté still howls and cries everywhere he goes.
Jewelry, concept, and stories told by
Leah Prada Harrison of Yoté Jewelry
Photographed by Brandon Soder