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1888 Excerpt: ...about the mountain assert that there is a relation
between the commencement of the summer rains and the amount of snow
upon the mountains. When the snow is less than usual the rainy
season begins earlier, and later when an unusual amount of snow has
fallen. The Indians call the San Francisco or Agassiz Peak the "
mount that sits on the clouds" and Do gho slee, or weather-maker.
In these traditions it is the source of weather changes and the
resilience oI' their weather god. They say when the mountain is
bare this god becomes thirsty, hut when surrounded by snow he
drinks from the melting snow banks. The Supai Indian medicine men
understand the matter apparently, for they will promise that they
will make the rain commence at a certain time, and it seldom fails
to come as promised. By their rain dances and other forms of
worship of their weather god they tell their people he has
promised, owing to satisfaction with their worship, at a certain
time the clouds will gather and rain come. It is further related
that mnch of the illsnccess of the Christian missionaries with the
Supai Indians about this mountain is owing to their inability to
influence and predict rain, and the Indians aie tbus credulous.
From any Arizona map the San Francisco Mountains appear as an
isolated group, rising about a mile above the platean of which it
is the apex. At some seasons it can be seen within a radius of some
200 miles as a snow-covered peak, glistouing, grand, and beantiful
above the dry country around it. It is known that the temperature
decreases with elevation. On account of this temperature diminution
with elevation, snow covers mountains when not a trace is seen at
lower levels. On mountain sides the snow-Hue gradually asceuds with
the advancing heat of summer, ...
|Country of origin:
United States. Army. Signal Corps
||246 x 189 x 2mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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