Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo (Tewa) aka San Juan Pueblo
This Pueblo is located just north of Santa Fe. Ohkay Owingeh
translates to “Village of the strong people”.
This tale centers around Coyoté’s trickster qualities, the moral
of which has to do with work ethic and expectations. In this
story Coyoté crosses paths with Turkey while out hunting. He
is excited to find Turkey so early in his hunt and directs him to
his home for his wife to cook. He decides to retire in the sun
for the rest of the day. Meanwhile, Turkey goes to Coyoté’s
home and tells his wife that Coyoté wants a sinew stew for
dinner and then leaves. Coyoté comes home to
disappointment. This is how Coyoté learns that relying on
others instead of doing the work only leads to disappointment.
Jewelry, concept, and stories told by
Leah Prada Harrison of Yoté Jewelry
Photographed by Brandon Soder