Book: Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes
Chapter: 73. What do trickster tales tell us about human beings, and why are they important in Indigenous cultures?
Tricksters are often animals like wily coyote, sly fox, clever spider, and cunning raven who challenge gods, insult shamans, undermine chiefs, and may become a culture hero even when caught in the act. In some traditions, tricksters can change shapes and gender.