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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16 November 2003 (USA)  »

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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 »


When officer Chee (Adam Beach) is driving on the deserted road, passing through several small tunnels, close-ups of him behind the wheel show a roof rack instead of the light bar for his Dodge Dakota patrol vehicle. This happens twice in this series of scenes. See more »


John McGinnis: Notice how he gets right to the point? That's unusual for a Navajo.
[to Emma about Joe]
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Mystery without the glitz
28 March 2004 | by (Fort Worth, Texas) – See all my reviews

Was pleasantly surprised with this film as a friend who contributes to public television recommended it to me. Since the movie started at 2 a.m. my hopes initially was that the film would be a dud and I could go to bed. Instead this film has me wanting to purchase it to view again and possibly add the initial film Skinwalkers along with the purchase. The Tony Hillerman novels will also be purchased for a good read as well.

For me, fortunately the pace and structure of the movie was outstanding in this CSI laden era of mystery. The back and forth development of the case was to me intriguing and provided enough information to get you involved but not to much information to stop your personal hunt to figure out who committed the crimes.

There was enough personal concern for Adam Beach's character Jim Chee to strive for the resolution of this mystery. From time to time it is nice to see a Movie/TV cop solve a crime because it is the right thing to do without car chases or autopsy scenes shocking your senses.

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