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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

If a Coyote Crosses Your Path

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Tribal Land, Arizona

I'm a little nervous about offending anyone on the Navajo tribal lands, so I brush up on do's and don'ts. The problem is that there are hundreds so I memorize a few of the most relevant. Most of them seem sensible or whimsical.

The Navajo guide leads us into the otherworldly slot canyon.

If a Coyote crosses your path, turn back and do not continue. If you keep traveling, something terrible will happen to you. You will be in an accident, hurt, or killed.

Don't point at a rainbow with your finger. The rainbow will cut it off or break it.

Don't throw rocks at a whirlwind. It will throw them back and chase you

Don't call whirlwinds a name. Evil Spirits will get you.

Do not roll a rock from a mountain. The holy people put them there and it will be bad luck.

Do not watch a river flowing swiftly, or you will get dizzy and fall in.

Do not run over a snake in your car or you will have a bad life.

Do not talk to dogs or other animals because they might talk back and you will die.

Do not say, "I wish I had some meat" when you have the hiccups or your livestock won't grow.

Do not eat frogs because you will have bad luck or bad breath.

Do not eat the heel of a loaf of bread or you will have lots of children.

Do not bite on roasting corn and then put it back or it will get cold and ruin the rest of your crop. Also, your teeth will fall out.

Do not burn blood from a nosebleed because you will get headaches and your head will split.

Do not have three people comb each other's hair at the same time or they will get stuck.

Do not turn pages backwards or you will go blind.

Do not peel potatoes or apples when you are pregnant or the baby will have a flat face.