Old Man Coyote, the trickster of the Crow people. Sometimes the name is used for the creator, Akbatekdia. He is the chief of the "Without Fires." To this clan belong the sun, moon, stars, and thunder; all the animals that live in the water and on the earth, and the little whirl-winds that one frequently sees dancing over the prairies, but not the wind.

Old Man Coyote and the wind are the commanders of sickness, baesane, and they are generally recognized as its cause. See also Batseesh.



  • Burland, Cottie. (1965). North American Indian Mythology. London: Paul Hamlyn, p. 149.
  • Wildschut, William. (1960). "Crow Indian Medicine Bundles." CMAI 17, p. 1.