Cyclone, Wind, Stars

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"Then they placed twelve big white cyclones (Niholtso) in the east under the edge of the world, and twelve blue cyclones (Niholtso-doklizh), under the edge of the world at the south, and twelve yellow cyclones (Niholtso-klitsoi) in the west under the edge of the world, and twelve black cyclones under the north. And these forty-eight cyclones are what hold the world up. They also sent all kinds of winds up to the sky to hold up the sky and stars."

From Navajo Creation Myth, The Story of the Emergence: By Hasteen Klah; Recorded by Mary C. Wheelwright

Wind is an element, which carries the life-force of nature. In the Ways, Wind is thought to be a messenger who possesses cunning, but also a certain caring for mortals. Medicine men breathe upon their patients to invigorate them with Wind's power, for it was Wind who first gave life to the mountains. Pg. 47

However, there was no life in anything. This was because the beings were empty. Wind had not been born yet, so there was no life, So it was that things waited. They waited for strength. While they were doing this, a cloud of light appeared in the east. It rose and fell and streamers of light came off it. The People watched it turn black. From that blackness, they saw Black Wind coming. Then the cloud of light turned blue, and Blue Wind came. The cloud of light turned yellow and Yellow Wind came. The cloud of light turned white, and White Wind came. And the cloud of light then showed all colors at the same time and Many-Colored-Wind came.

The cloud of light made Rainbow of the Earth.
And there was White Early Dawn
Blue Sky of Noon
Yellow Sky of Sunset
And Dark Sky of Night.

Each of these times is a holy time of day, and The People understood this, and when the Winds came and passed through them, they knew they were blessed. The Winds made lines on the fingers and toes and heads of The People. And they entered into the mountains and waters, and everything else. And they gave them life, because Wind is Creation's first food. Pg. 71

Now First Man and First Woman knew that The People wanted more light to see the new world. So they told The People to put offerings on the wings of Bat. The People did this and the offerings turned into stars. But since the stars did not have life in them, First Man and First Woman told two boys to sing life into them. They began to do this when Coyote came along and stole the boy's voices. Therefore, the stars could not flicker the way they were supposed to. The People gave Coyote offerings, and when he accepted them, he sang to the east, south, west, and north. Then light was breathed into the stars, and they began to shine. The constellations were next to go up into the sky. First Man and First Woman had worked out where they were going to put them. But Coyote got them and scattered them all over the place. This made more work for First Man and First Woman. They had to fix everything up again and blow on the sky until it was just the right height from the earth. Pgs. 89, 90

Navajos say that Wind comes in many forms: mild, intoxicating, wild, unruly. Thus, Wind can be good or bad, and like Snake, can hide almost anywhere. Invisible, Wind can enter a man's inner ear, and influence his innermost thoughts. Pg. 117

When he was himself again, the elder brother taught his younger brother the ceremony which the Holy People had taught him. "You must remember not to fear the Wind People," he said, "for we Earth People are a part of them." Pgs. 120, 121

The Gift of the Gila Monster, Navajo Ceremonial Tales; 1993, Gerald Hausman.

Creation of the Stars. hashchezhini, the Firegod, placed the various constellations in their respective positions. He is also accredited with blowing the stars of the milky way across the sky. Such other stars as he wished to keep in reserve were scattered by the Coyote (atse' hashke') over the heavens. The Navajo, therefore, have no names for many constellations. The Coyote planted but one star permanently in the heavens, which is therefore called ma'i biso', coyote's star. Pg. 353

An Ethnologic Dictionary of the Navajo Language; 1910, The Franciscan Fathers.

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