It is reported to be the driest December in the past 100 years for the Lake Tahoe area. With no precipitation in more than a month and none expected for at least another week, winter outdoor enthusiasts and state water officials are far from dancing with joy.
The rain dance has been performed by Native American tribes for centuries. While most people these days feel it’s meaningless, fun pomp and circumstance, there are others who still strongly feel these ceremonies help ensure the stormy weather will return soon.
Despite the modern-day doubt, all those tired of the extreme dry conditions and looking to bring snow back to Tahoe, here are a few guidelines to keep in mind when performing that potentially winter-saving rain dance:
1) Wear turquoise and feathers if possible. Turquoise represents rain and feathers the wind in many Native American tribes.
2) Find an open, flat, outdoor space that allows you to move around freely and has a clear view of the sky above.
3) Spin around in slow clockwise circles.
4) Start Chanting. Any pro-rain, storm, snow dialogue will suffice (i.e. “Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!”). Repeat chant over and over.
5) Raise your arms up to the sky as you chant and spin.
6) Close eyes and take deep breaths.
7) Speed up spinning and chanting.
8) End rain dance by dropping to your knees.
9) Remain on knees in silence.
10) Rise slowly.
With no snow on the ground and the weather forecast calling for sunny skies through the first part of January, it’s time steps were taken to help turn things around. While it may seem ludicrous, those steps could be in the form of a traditional rain dance.
Sure, the neighbors may think the record-setting dry conditions have gone to your head as you chant and spin away in the backyard, but when it starts snowing again, everyone will be dancing with joy.