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In Chiricahua and Mescalero Apache tales, Child-ofthe-Water is the dominant culture hero rather than Killer-of-Enemies. His Navajo (Dineh) counterpart is Born for Water. C hiricahua W indway ╇ Navajo╇ (Dineh) A ceremonial curing complex, or group of ceremonies (called chants, sings, or ways), conducted to heal illness and restore harmony (hózhó) in the universe (see Navajo [Dineh] ceremonials). Like Navajo Windway, to which it is related, Chiricahua Windway is included in the Holyway classification of ceremonials, which are used to restore health by attracting good.

According to a Paiute legend, before there were humans, Bryce Canyon was inhabited by Legend People, whose appearance combined characteristics of humans, birds, animals, and reptiles. Because of the evil nature Buffalo-Calf-Road-Woman 17 A bison or buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, Arizona╇ (Photo by St. Nick/Shutterstock) of the Legend People, Coyote turned them into the rock structures that can still be seen in the canyon. Buffalo╅ The American bison, a large species of wild cattle that once ranged in the millions over much of the United States, northeastern Mexico, and the Canadian extension of the Great Plains.

The buffalo is the central figure in one of the most important Plains ceremonies, the Sun Dance. Before a buffalo hunt, a Buffalo dance was held in which dancers imitated the movement of the buffalo. The Lakota Buffalo Bull Ceremony (Ta Tanka Lowanpi) was a puberty rite held to purify girls at their first menstruation. According to tradition, Buffalo Woman taught this ceremony to the Lakota. For the Lakota, all buffalo were descended from Ta Tanka (ta meaning “beast” and tanka meaning “great” or “large”), a huge buffalo bull that sat in council with the Sun every night.

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