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Drawing depicting the Navajo god Coyote.
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Coyote

In Navajo mythology, the Milky Way was created by the mischievous god, Coyote. Coyote was very impatient when the Holy People decided to place the stars in the sky. In his anger, he chose to place a red star, which represented himself, in the southern sky.

This star appears for a very short time every year and is said to be a sign of trouble. Coyote continued by throwing the bag of stars in the sky, forming the Milky Way.

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