Pronghorn Antelope – Black Quilt Block – MIMBRES Pottery
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Pronghorn stood atop a ridge overlooking the desert floor, a silent sentry scanning miles of brush and flowering annuals for any sign of an approaching predator. It was spring. The does and fawns grazing below him needed protection.
There was a time when Pronghorn’s ancestors (hooved mammals with horns, not antlers) had roamed the west. Animals in their herds had outnumbered even those of the mighty bison. Now only small herds of his kind remained.
Pronghorn spied a coyote tacking across the desert, moving with determination toward the does and fawns feeding in the sunshine. The white hairs on Pronghorns’s rump stood on end, forming a distinctive flower pattern signaling danger to the does. They immediately nudged their fawns into the underbrush and hid.
Pronghorn stood his ground, standing so still he became one with the landscape. Coyote adjusted his course to the west, a path that would take him behind the sheltering does and fawns.
Instinctively, Pronghorn flashed another warning. He wouldn’t allow Coyote to flush the does and fawns out into the open.
Pronghorn pawed the ground, releasing a cloud of dust the coyote was sure to notice. He bolted toward the south, the coyote was in pursuit. Pronghorn paced himself, keeping Coyote just far enough behind him that he would not overtake him or give up on the chase. Pronghorn had the speed and endurance to outrun Coyote, but first he wanted to lead the predator far from the does and fawns.
Pronghorn’s hooves disturbed a bush. A jackrabbit jumped into Coyote’s grasp. The race was over.