Katharine Egli/Taos News

Larry Torres at his home in El Salto.

Toda la gente was already so tired del dry winter weather. It was bad enough de que no había nieve ni lluvia en el medio del invierno but with the lack of precipitation, it didn’t bode well para la primavera tampoco. Unless it snowed, no iba a haber enough moisture for the spring time crops. The people all got together y tuvieron una junta para ver what they might do sin agua.

Algunos de los viejitos suggested que maybe they should do a rain dance como hacían algunos indios más antes. Los Moquis used to dance con víboras en la boca y luego they would set them free para que le llevaran el mensaje a la tierra and tell Mother Earth that they needed rain. Otra gente thought que maybe todos should get together and pray por la intercesión de San Medardo.

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