In A Coyote Columbus Tale (1992), the illustrations by William Kent Monkman are predominantly pink and orange coloured. Coyote wears shades and sports a pink heart-shaped nose (which falls off a lot) and runners.
The runners are essential because Coyote is all about playing ball in this story. Although she’s having trouble recruiting team members to play with her.
The other animals are more interested in floating in the pond nearby, and Coyote has an affinity for humans and enjoys assisting them (or interfering with them, depending on your perspective) but the humans don’t want to play with her either.
“That’s the rules, says Coyote. Let’s play some more. Maybe you will win next time. But they don’t.
You keep changing the rules, says those human beings.
No, no, no, no, says Coyote. You are mistaken. And then she changes the rules again.”
Besides, the humans had other plans. They arrived via the wider waterway and they were looking for India. Ahem. When they couldn’t find treasures in India, they started looking around for something else to sell.
They wanted to play games, but more profitable ones. And Coyote? She just wants to play ball.