Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Candice Costello ...
Jimmy Herman ...
Ashie Pinto
Gary Kanin ...
Sheila Tousey ...
Mark Kilburn ...
Janet Pete
Slick Nakai
Jill Scott Momaday ...
Mary Keeyani
John McGinnis
Blue Lady
Hosteen Nakai
Huan Ji
Jay Kennedy, FBI


Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

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Two Navajo cops race to unravel a dangerous web of myth, murder, and greed.





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Leggende Navajo  »

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Joe Leaphorn reveals in his conversation with Taka Ji that he graduated from Arizona State University. See more »


The scene with Leaphorn and his wife looking at the rock painting "I LOVE JEN". You can see the cameramen and camera in Leaphorn's sun classes. See more »


Janet Pete: Mr. Pinto, your family wants you home.
Ashie Pinto: You're Navajo. You know "hozho?"
Janet Pete: It means "order."
Ashie Pinto: "Harmony." The balance of all things. It's lost to me because of what I did. Do you think your law can give it back?
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Painting The Rocks
14 April 2005 | by (Orlando, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

Jim Chee, Joe Leaphorn, and Emma Leaphorn return for Coyote Waits, the second installation based on Tony Hillerman's best selling series.

Ashie Pinto, an elderly, poor, drunken, tribesman is arrested by Chee for the shooting death of a Navajo police officer. Chee finds Pinto leaving the scene of the crime with a gun, and it's proved the gun was used to murder the officer.

Chee hesitated to respond to the fellow Navajo officer's distress call, despite his initial feeling that something bad had happened. His extreme remorse over the officer's death sets the tone for Coyote Waits.

Chee begins to suffer through personal and professional struggles. He doubts his intuition and instinct, and he doubts his abilities as a police officer and a healer.

Joe Leaphorn, on vacation from his duties to care for his rehabilitating wife Emma, is asked by her to further investigate the shooting death, in behalf of Pinto's family, whom she's related to.

Chee also decides to investigate the events behind the shooting.

What follows is a chase for a coyote running through the sands of time.

This episode is filled with dazzling, rustic-bronze coloured landscapes, colossal copper-gilded rock formations, and sweeping, vast, turquoise skies.

The musical score is a combination of traditional Native American sounds with contemporary jazz. The soothing, clear, quiet musical lines intermingle smoothly with whispered reverberations and soft, staccato rhythms.

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