National Geographic : 1940 Nov
© National Geographic Society Painting byW.Langdon Kihn Success Crowns the Efforts of a Tireless Hopi Ceremonial Runner, for He BringsRain Clouds inHis Wake The stouthearted youth returns to a prehistoric Hopi village on the mesa. He may have traveled 20 or 30 miles. Ablest long-distance runners ofthetribe still are held in esteem. Ceremonial races to produce showers or otherwise benefit crops, common before the days of the Conquistadores, continue invogue. Religion of the desert-dwelling, agricultural Hopis constantly expresses the supreme need for rain. (Plate XVI).