Here's another workshop I'd like to do.
The Power of Trickster: Coyote, Raven, Rabbit, and more.
Coyote is the modern world’s most famous trickster, though his colleagues run through every culture, from Maui in Hawai’i, to Raven in the Northwest of North America, to rabbit in Southeast North America and Southeast Asia, and more. Coyote will help us to understand the power and importance of Trickster, especially since (S)he was present from the beginning of creation. Coyote features prominently in sacred, creation stories as a character providing survival advice to the people as well as helping to set up the rules. Outside of Coyote’s sacred roles, (s)he has a collection of trickster stories, which, as one elder put it, are not about Coyote, but are about topics that are otherwise difficult to discuss. Trickster stories allow access to taboo topics. They include humorous behavior but they are not humorous per se. Europeans often focus upon Trickster instead of seeing the topics that Trickster allows us to discuss. More importantly, Trickster is the impetus for transformation and change, and has the job of protecting people from man-eating monsters and more importantly, from themselves. Trickster’s job is to monitor the people and to intervene when they become complacent and secure; in other words, stuck in their ways.
Following these considerations of Trickster (Coyote), we will explore how Coyote works within our own lives and stories. What are the times when we have been tricked for our own good? How did that feel? Who tricked us? Was it cosmic or spiritual forces, or was it our friends?
3. 50-word conference description (to be part of brochure – please keep it at 50 words or we’ll have to edit it down):
Tricksters (Coyote, Raven, Rabbit) have been with us since Creation began. They provide advice, help set rules, challenge rules when the rules become stifling, and make sure that the people do not become complacent. We will consider Trickster’s roles within our lives and Trickster’s influences upon the stories we live.