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In the mythologies of certain Indian tribes of California, Wiyot fathered a race of beings which preceded mankind. As these people multiplied, the land grew southward and groups of people migrated in that direction. Wiyot seems to have died from poison; Coyote, the trickster god, may have had a hand in the demise of his chief, since he leaped upon the pyre, to tore off a piece of flesh from the body, and swallowed it.

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