Coyote’s Place exists in a land of “funny wonders.” It’s the humor of classic Looney Tunes meeting the varied aesthetics of Fantasia, in the world of Native American legend.
We hope to spark curiosity in young children to learn about indigenous cultures and Native peoples as they really are, in their own voices, with humor and sensitivity. Everyone has a story of their own: their life, their family, their nation, their world. Those stories have value.
In developing the world of Coyote’s Place we aim to create a rich, varied, lived-in setting with plenty of corners to explore in future episodes. Coyote and Raven will reprise their roles at the station in the bumpers of every episode, while the worlds and characters of the tales will change based on where each tale originates and who tells it.
The World of Coyote’s Place
We open every episode deep in the Southwestern desert, at a last-chance service station that just happens to be a magical nexus. Coyote and Raven live and work here, but it turns out that life can get pretty boring when you’re functionally immortal. To pass the time, they trade stories. New stories are always in demand!
Anytime a traveler blows in, usually with a problem to solve, Coyote asks for a story in return for the help he gives.
Coyote is our gateway into the world of the series. He’s tough and cool, seen it all and brought back souvenirs. Blustery, but can generally back it up.
Raven is the station’s man-of-all-work, a wizard with anything mechanical. Excitable and flighty, curious, annoyed with Coyote’s world-weariness.
Each episode’s tale transports us to a special world separate from the desert world of the service station. Tale worlds are heavily influenced by the origin of each tale and the people telling it. Design and even animation style will change from episode to episode.
The first episode, “Coyote Paints the Sky,” starts near the Columbia River in a pre-European contact Oregon inspired by the traditional art of the Wasco and Wishram nations.
When a teenage Coyote shows the Fox Brothers the way to the Sky World, chaos (and a celestial pie fight) ensues.
Each episode ends back at the service station, where we learn a lesson inspired by the tale. Coyote and Raven send their visitors on their way.