Coyote Tales: Everyone Has A Story

Brought To You By Kayenta Arts Foundation



Get ready to present a 5 minute story about something lost and found. Have you misplaced something only to find it in the most unlikely of places? Perhaps a found article that was reclaimed by its owner? Or maybe something irrecoverable, waiting to be rescued…..Something vanished, reappeared….

The tradition of oral storytelling has existed long before written works. Something deep and significant is conveyed through the relating of a well-crafted, well-told first person story. Many times these stories have served as a way to preserve history and explore and impact our emotions as individuals and communities. Storytelling is a powerful means of entertainment, education and cultural preservation. Coyote Tales hopes to perpetuate the art of storytelling while entertaining the listener with a unique and intimate experience.

Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Each event has a theme, on which stories are to be based. Potential storytellers may address that theme in any way they choose. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their name in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their story. If chosen, the storyteller takes the stage to delight the audience. At the end of the evening, the audience votes for their favorite story. Stories must be true, told live, within the given time frame (5 minutes). They must be told without notes, props, or accompaniment.

Coyote Tales is our take on “The Moth” live storytelling events.  The original Moth events were inspired by porch storytelling parties attended by author, George Dawes Green.  The concept has spawned worldwide live oral storytelling performances, a PRX radio program and a book. This is our take on these ideas.  For more information on The Moth, please check out their website @

Parade in Paradise

2017 Southern Utah Home Builders Parade of Homes

Kayenta serves as host for two Parade of Homes entries this year.

 J2 Construction / Modern by Nature

Set into the stunning red rock terrain of Kayenta, this modern home offers tranquility and shelter amid the rugged landscape. Inspired by a minimalist's approach to design, this home introduces simple clean lines with expansive glass and monolithic wall structures that support a cantilevered roof. Well appointed and thoughtfully designed, this open concept floor plan accommodates a spacious living room, dining room, and kitchen surrounded by floor to ceiling glass allowing an abundance of natural light and unobscured views in all directions.

Perched atop Kayenta's hillside juts a striking balance between change and tradition, “The Point,” a distinctly desert modern design. The home’s predominately pinwheel like points were cleverly inspired for extensive majestic views from nearly every room, while maximizing the land’s topography creating expansive outdoor spaces. Geometry flows through the home keeping it interesting and open along with cantilevered overhangs accentuating shapes without obstructing views. Outdoor wall elements continue inside for an emphasis on sight-lines and sculpture. Perfectly appointed artwork and furnishings enhance this desert modern jewel box. The home’s entertaining outlook connects dramatic views with large storefront retractable doors providing flexible seating spaces, strategic utilities, and terraced swimming pool, to ensure ideal hosting for large or small numbers come rain or shine. 


For more info on tickets, times, locations and homes, click here.

Fire & Flood

On June 13th a lightning strike ignited Saddle Mountain in the Pine Valley Wilderness Area of Dixie National Forest. The Saddle Fire still burns but don’t despair, there is still plenty of Pine Valley love and alpine beauty to be had. The picture above was taken on June 20th from my front yard in Central (about 8 miles northwest). The following four pictures were taken on a glorious hike on July 11th as Lloyds Canyon, Goat Springs and the Forsyth trail continued to  smolder. As of July 15th about 2300 acres have been affected. After many millions of dollars spent, several drone encounters and no loss of life (thanks to all the fire fighters) the Saddle Fire is 72% contained. Do yourself a favor and visit Pine Valley this summer and treat yourself for some out of this (southern Utah) world beauty. 

If you have not had a chance to check the flood water footage, scroll down to the December 30th 2015 blog entry and catch the Huge Waterfall and Flash Flood footage from Jeremiah Barber. 

Do you have guests who are new to Utah?

Ever feel like you need to justify your love for this incredible land to the unenlightened? Or do you need a couple of ideas for a road trip? Click the link below from the Utah Office of Tourism for a free Utah Travel Guide.

Meet Your Neighbors

Can’t forget about roadrunners, another species of full-time desert dwellers. Forget what you think you know from the cartoon series. Roadrunners can make about 7 different calls, mostly coo-ing, but “beep beep” is not one of them. The Road Runner always outsmarted and outran Wile E. Coyote, but in fact, coyotes can run over 40 mph, while roadrunners clock in around 20 mph. Not much for flying, their short wings can only keep their body airborne for a few seconds at a time.

Like quail, they mate for life. Unlike quail, they don’t tend to continually “hang” with their mate except for breeding and raising their babies. Both male and female work together gathering materials to make a nest, placing it on a branch or cactus a few feet off the ground. Male body temp is warmer, so they are in charge of incubating the eggs.

Roadrunners have a distinctive x-shaped footprint, with 2 toes pointing forward and 2 backward. As the state bird of New Mexico, their footprints are regarded by Native Americans as sacred symbols to ward off evil. The x-shape disguises the direction the bird is heading, and is thought to prevent evil spirits from following.

Eating mostly small animals and insects, roadrunners have been known to even kill and eat rattlesnakes. But since lizards are in great supply during all the warm months in our desert, this would appear to be their preference.

Roadrunners enjoy perching high to bask in the sun after a cool night in the desert. They blanket themselves in their feathers to become rather undistinguishable. Maybe you have seen them sunbathing in your windowsill.



“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty”

Democracy at best is messy and it requires work to be effective. At it’s worst democracy represents special interests and is not reflective of the majority of those who inhabit our great nation. I notice that I have to strive not be too quick to find fault or point fingers when “they” infringe on my pursuit of happiness. But when it comes to actually participating and showing up for the discussion, often, daily life gets in the way. Oh sure, I vote and I follow current events when I can but it occurs to me that more is needed. Our political system today seems to be taken over by politicians who’s primary aim is to be re-elected and to serve that goal must align themselves with corporate money and objectives to prevail.

It strikes me that the "take back" slogans so prevalent in today’s sound byte culture are disempowering and create a lose/lose dynamic. Take back our lands…take back our rights…take back our country are sentiments that imply these things were stolen or taken without our permission. In my view they were not. I think that we have abdicated our responsibility we have silenced our voices. We have invited others to make our decisions for “us” and often it is those who speak the loudest and with the most extreme views who receive the most attention.

While there may be some disagreement as to who may have uttered the phrase “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” There is little dispute that it as relevant now as at any other time in our history. Please consider attending the Community Conversations event. Your input and voice is needed.

We are fortunate to feature two esteemed guests (please see short bio’s below) who will share their experience and thoughts on our Us and Them topic. Join us for an evening of provocative conversation and remember without you, there is no conversation.

Sincerely, Douglas Caputo

Shadman Bashir received a Bachelor of Law (LL.B) Faculty of Law, University of Peshawar, Pakistan and a Master of Law (LL.M) in Comparative Law  (English & Islamic Law), California Western School of Law, San Diego. He is currently Visiting Professor of Law and International Relations at the Udvar-Hazy School of Business at Dixie State University. Professor Bashir has offered classes in Criminal Law, Business Law, Global Law, War and Terrorism and American Government and was speaker at the Kennedy Center Lecture “Tragedy of Errors: Contemporary Pakistan” in February of 2015 at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. His lecture “Cocktail Terrorism: Mistakes in Proper Understanding of Issues and Implementation of Policy” was recently presented at Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah   

Janice Brooks is an inspirational visionary.  Her avocation as a professional speaker, public affairs strategist, creative business consultant, community activist, poet, freelance writer and storyteller all reflect her creative genius. Janice is a Social Entrepreneur with a motivating passion for creating, producing, and supporting transformational experiences that heighten and enliven the artistic, creative, cultural and literary arts.