Diving Heron

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The great blue heron is a large water bird native to North America. It can be found in saltwater as well as freshwater habitats, and is quite common in the Southwest, along riverbanks, marshes, and lakes.

There are many versions of how witchcraft was brought or originated on Earth in Navajo mythology. It is generally associated with either the trickster Coyote or First Man and First Woman, sometimes all three. In some versions, Big Fly tells First Man and First Woman to ask “Diving Heron” to descend into the underworld to retrieve witchcraft because he has a long beak.

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"Great Blue Heron Coming In For A Landing" by Bill Gracey is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND.

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