By Susanne George Bloomfield
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Sister Anne’s face grew sorrowful. She recalled easily enough times when her father had said with bitter emphasis that it was a fool’s errand to try to farm this bit of Colorado desert. “No, father’s said more than once that he wished we’d never come,” she said, mournfully. “You see,” said the cowboy, nodding, “you can’t make a go of it, homesteading a farm out here on the plains. The truth is, this country was meant for grazing, and that’s all it’s good for. A man can’t take up any more land for a homestead here than he can back east, where the land is naturally productive.
By the ﬂare of the lightning she caught glimpses of McCoy’s herd. She saw that the cattle were restless, and that they were gathering in bunches to meet the terrors of the coming storm. She knew that little additional excitement would be necessary to stampede them. Behind her she heard the roar of the oncoming storm and felt the cool bursts of wind lift the strands of her loose hair. Swinging her heavy herd whip, she brought it down, now right, now left, among the cattle that she had turned out of the alfalfa pasture.
Interest has escalated in recent years as historians, anthropologists, and literary scholars attempt to uncover the particular mythologies of individual regions and tribes. To the people who ﬁrst told them, these legends were more than mere tales invented to explain natural phenomena; they were an integral part of Native tradition. They communicated a kinship with the past and an understanding of the peoples’ relationship to their environment. It is a testament to their evocative power that so many legends still exist, despite the lack of a pervasive writing system.
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