In the old pueblo culture, the roadrunner was a bird of great magic.  His feet are zygodactyls; this is, two toes point forward two point backward. When someone died in the pueblo, a safe afterlife was ensured by placing roadrunner tracks around the house of the deceased.  This would confuse the evil spirits as to the direction taken by the spirit of the dead.  The Tarahumara Indians ate the flesh of the roadrunner to become endowed with speed and endurance.  And for others the bird’s willingness to fight and kill rattlesnakes made him an object of great bravery.  Jim Sage, Living in Paradise, Essays from the Chihuahuan Desert

ft-stockton-roadrunner-5-4-16Photo Sandy Sage

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  1. Barbara Estinson says:

    Your photo and your Dad’s words are wonderful together, Sandy. It reminds me of how much knowledge your Dad has …… and you too, my friend.

  2. Di Anne Lewis says:

    Note to Jesse (and all other craigfactor followers):

    Please add “Living in Paradise, Essays from the Chihuahuan Desert” (see quote) to your “to read” list – – – Sandy gave me a copy of her Dad’s book five years ago. It is simply a five-star delight!!
    I Googled it and would appear that it can be ordered through Front Street Books in Alpine TX : )

    • Sandy says:

      You would be good at marketing. I gave Jesse and Barb the book but I was surprised you found it thru a search. I have a few left which would be free although if it is bought through the bookstore, the proceeds go to the Alpine Library. Thanks for your 5 star rating 🙂

  3. Kathy says:

    Thank you again for interesting information and the picture of the handsome roadrunner!

  4. Jesse says:

    A Godzilla Roadrunner!

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