1. A blessing and a nuisance: Native American views of the annual monsoon | Asu Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

    A blessing and a nuisance: Native American views of the annual monsoon | Asu Now: Access, Excellence, Impact

    Some tribes view monsoon rains as life-sustaining; others, destructive. Beliefs can vary within any one group, ASU prof says. July 13, 2017 Tribes from around Arizona share how they view the summer rainy season The annual summer monsoon: torrential thunderstorms, heavy rain, damaged roofs, uprooted trees, dusty vehicles and repeated trips to the car wash. Many Arizonans approach it with a sense of dread, panic or annoyance. They’re not indigenous peoples of Arizona.

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    1. Moisture in any form — whether it's flowing water, lakes, ponds, winter storms and monsoon season — is the sustenance that helps the Hopi people to survive.
    2. There are many different beliefs about how people view or feel about the rain, from some who don't think about the rain to those who believe it's sacred and necessary for life.
    3. The first monsoon is considered our January 1st, and we refer to it as Saguaro Fruit Month.
    4. It's a way to keep those cultural ties strong amongst us and work with each other as much as possible.
    5. Our ancestors were once dependent on monsoon season and rotated their crops around it, but we're not really doing that anymore.
    6. The heat combined with the humidity sterilizes the cotton.
    7. Our water source comes from the Colorado River, and we have the same vegetation and the same ability to grow crops whether it rains or not.
    8. Agriculturally, we don't really plant here and we don't have any superstitions about the monsoons or the rains, nor do we have any stories about monsoons or rain.
    9. At that time the well was actually dried and then a flood happened underneath the earth.
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