Coyotes are interesting animals that have a long history in different realms. This session will introduce you to the Coyote in terms of biology, mythology, range, habitat, and implication. We will also explore new resources that may help you negotiate your relationship to coyote conservation and design in relation to urban ecosystems. Signs of coyotes near a home and how people’s reactions are to understanding that. The concept of monogamous species in relation to coyotes is discussed. Trends in preserving and encouraging urban ecosystems are presented in this course.
In this course, we will take you to the world of Coyote:
Range, Distribution, and Biology - Where are coyotes abundant? Here we will tackle the extent of habitats while also discussing about their biological structure in general.
Name and Variations - Know about different variations and names of coyotes in different cultures and regions.
Survival - We will study about coyotes' survival mechanism and methods throughout history.
The Evolution of the Population - Here we will have in-depth discussion on the roles of coyotes throughout history and what led these interesting breed of animals to grow in number.
Mythical History - Tackled in this session are the roles of coyotes in different cultures, especially as part of a mythical world, their powers and symbols in the ancient times.
More topics on Coyote:
The Story of the Magic Windpipe
Coyote: Apache's Jicarilla
What Coyotes Teach Us About Life and Death
Urban Coyotes and Cross-Cultural Adaptations
The Organizing Nature of Chaos and What Coyotes Offer Today
Design, Creativity, and Coyotes
Erica Hansen is an artist and ecologist, currently working in Southern Italy. The previous two were spent as an artist-in-residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore, MD. She completed her BFA at the Maine College of Art in 2000, with a double major in painting and sculpture. In 2008, she completed her MA in Arts and Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is currently pursuing a practice based PhD through the Socially and Ecologically Engaged Practice.
She describes her approach to art making as an investigation of shared human experience through immediate subject matter and materials. Erica describes herself as a spectator, a scientist, and a sieve. Her work is a conversation between herself, her audience, and the world as a usable substance.
Erica has worked as a holistic educator and arts program coordinator for 15 years. She specializes in cross-discipline collaboration and 21st century art-making practices. Currently, she has focused on wilderness art education and ornithological studies as they apply to at-risk student populations.
Her current body of work examines visible, invisible and psychological structures of human culture in relation to bird culture. Working primarily in photo, video and sculpture she creates visual experiments that exist in between physical space, mythological history, and personal desire.
"Art objects are temporal marks on the landscape, indicative of our impact, but also our minuteness in the history of the earth."