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There is something in the Desert the O’odham speak of; it’s not physical, nor spiritual.

MacArthur Award winning poet and linguist, Ofelia Zepeda offers this caution:

“There is something in the desert the O’odham speak of that is not a physical thing, and it has been ascertained by those knowledgeable that it is not a spiritual being either.”

“Those who have experienced this phenomenon claim that it is an air, a feeling, and when one gets too close to such a place one experiences the basest, most visceral fear an evolved human is capable of. So there we are.”

“To live in the desert is to know the desert as well as possible, and if that is not the case, then there certainly are ways to protect oneself.”

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