Arapaho Knowledge and Beliefs about Weather

Because the Arapaho spent a great deal of time out of doors as part of their traditional lifestyle, and depended on knowledge of the weather for traveling, hunting, and gathering plants, they had a rich vocabulary for talking about the weather, as well as a great deal of knowledge which allowed them to predict near-future weather events.

They also believed that elements of weather (especially thunder, lightning, storms, tornados and whirlwinds, and hail) were powerful, and that they could tap into this power and sometimes control the weather.

This section of the website offers additional information about various types of weather.

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