Iktomi was a sly and cunning man but he was also very lazy. He figured out a plan to trick some ducks into coming near to hi so he could have them for dinner. He cooks them up but before he could eat them he got stuck high in a tree trying to break up a fight between trees. A coyote strolled along and saw the ducks ready to eat and he chowed them down. Iktomi was upset and swore vengeance upon the coyote. He got out of the tree and found
the coyote napping by a fire. He was about to throw the coyote into the fire then the coyote kicked him into the fire instead. The author was hoping for more coyotes to scare away the conquerors.
It seems that Iktomi symbolized the conquerers over the natives. The conquerers slyly made their way into their lands and into their homes. Then, when they least expected it they would take them over just as the ducks were subdued by Iktomi.
The natives needed more people to act as the coyote did in the story. They needed to outsmart the Iktomis of the world and to take what was theirs. Iktomi swore vengeance on the coyote but never could accomplish it because the coyote outsmarted him on more than one occassion.