The coyote symbolizes playfulness, nonsense, intelligence, cunning and joy. Coyote people form strong family bonds and have strong preferences. They are highly adaptable, opportunistic, and versatile. They are often considered to be "pranksters" or "tricksters" in many cultures likely due to their cunning hunting techniques of running prey to exhaustion towards a hidden pack member who then finishes the kill.People with coyote totems will often be cunning as well. Coyote's barks are very shrill and distinctive and how they call their pack together. Coyote people can use their own voice in ways that draw people together as well, but may sometimes have a hidden agenda.
Coyote strengths are adaptability, communications, strong ties to family and working well with others. The challenge with coyote as a totem can be deception - either allowing ourselves to be deceived by others or being inclined to deceive or manipulate others to get our own way. The Coyote asks you to discern your true motivations and to "play fair" with others.
Coyotes in dreams often appear when you feel someone has "played you" or mistreated you somehow. It can indicate a person with an agenda or a need to be more cunning yourself to avoid being taken advantage of by another.