COYOTE mask concept 1.2 Picture

This is for art class:

"For this new project about masks, I had several ideas right off the bat. Being that I am part Native American, it is this mythology that has always fascinated me. When the crow was mentioned as the trickster in class, I thought that I had found my mask. After all, ever since I saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream staged with Titania as a raven, I’ve been in love with the idea of making such a mask. If this idea falls through, I’ll consider making the mask of a raven. However, my brother mentioned the coyote as a Native symbol when we were on our way back from karate yesterday evening, and so I’ve decided to go with the coyote instead. Throughout Native American mythology (especially in the works of people such as Thomas King) as the trickster as well. In King’s books, Coyote generally means well and wants to have fun, but has a tendency to just generally muff things up by mistake. Coyote’s mistakes often lead to disaster. In a few stories, he’s downright evil. Coyote is also featured as the creator in several myths and stories (such as Fur Magic by Andre Norton), depending on the tribe telling the story. I grew up with these stories, and so it would please me greatly to represent both a part of one of my people’s culture, and a part of my childhood. Many of the masks which represent Coyote are not actually shaped like the animal. Generally, Coyote is anthropomorphic with some coyote traits. Others are carved to look like the top of a coyote’s snout all the way up to the ears. Somewhere in between, I mean to find the design for my mask. "
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