Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History

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Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History


Historian Dan Flores' talk on Coyote America to Dr. Jonathan Foster's HIST 102 (U.S. History since 1877) class at GBC, 28 January 2016.

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Event sponsered by Nevada Humanities and the Western Folklife Center.


Dan Flores speaks about his forthcoming book, Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History (New York: Basic Books, June 2016):

“[It] is a biography of the animal from its evolutionary origins in the American Southwest five million years ago, its role in inspiring the principal deity of many western Indian tribes, to its 21st century spread across North America and colonization of America's largest cities,” said Flores. “Along the way I'll try to explain how its evolutionary adaptations, so similar to ours, has coyotes mirroring our own successes, one of the reasons it continues as an animal avatar for us in modern culture."

Dan Flores is a cultural and environmental historian of the American West. The author of ten books, Flores’ work focuses on a longue durée approach. According to the Western Folklife Center’s website, Flores’s work encompasses “both history and the present so that today’s westerners can strive to make decisions that promote the long-term health of the land.”

Flores has written widely about western animals, including bison and wild horses, and has two forthcoming books to be released in 2016, titled: American Serengenti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, and Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History. Flores was also a keynote speaker for this year's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.


Dan Flores


GBC Virtual Humanities Center


28 January 2016


Nevada Humanities; Western Folklife Center; Robert Hannu [GBC]; Scott A. Gavorsky [VHC]


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Dan Flores during talk on Coyote America, 29 January 2016


Dan Flores, “Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History,” Humanities Center at Great Basin College, accessed June 25, 2022,

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