Nation: Deadly Windfall


The demonology of the Navajo tribe is fraught with imaginary horrors. On the escarpments of the San Juan Mountains once lived a monster called Kicking-off-the-Rocks, who did just that to travelers. Nearby dwelt a giant named Ye'iitseh, with a mouth like an inverted bellows, who often inhaled the unwary; not to mention the flesh-rending Rock Swallows and an anthropophagous eagle whose calcified remains the whites named Shiprock. Yet there is no Navajo name for the meteorological monster that in ten days left the tribe —and much of the Southwest—buried beneath...

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