It took them an hour and a half to return and others at their camp came running to see what was happening when the three braves were within sight.
Cliff Hawk went directly to Flaming Eagle the chief. The chief was a wise man and would be able to tell him what to do. Lianne was beginning to panic, and he didn’t know what to do.
The powerful chief came to see what the commotion was about and was pleasantly surprised to see the mountain lion that Cliff Hawk killed. He looked askance when he saw the girl though. She was quiet, and the brave told the chief what had happened. Flaming Eagle nodded as if he expected this and then motioned them to follow him. They walked to see the medicine man who was along with them on this hunting trip. Rama-ho was a seer and knew many things that others had no interest in...but now, this was something everyone was wondering about. Nearly all of the hunters on this trip were following them.
Rama-ho was old, but in very good physical condition. He had much experience
dealing with other Indian tribes and was a diplomat for their tribe. He seemed
to be waiting for them.
"The woman is here," he said almost so no one else could hear. Cliff Hawk and
Flaming Eagle explained to him what had transpired in the last day. Rama-ho
kept his eyes on Lianne the whole time they talked.
"Do you understand her?" he asked Cliff Hawk.
"Yes, sir I do. She understands me too."
"Very interesting that this is coming to pass now," he muttered without explanation.
Cliff Hawk wanted to know what was happening and how to put things back to
the way that they should be. But Flaming Eagle sent all of the braves away
except for him and met with the medicine man alone in his tent.
Two things needed to be done.
One-Cliff Hawk must ask her to make the water flow again in the canals.
Two-Cliff Hawk must take her back to where he found her, so that she can
return to where she came from.
HE brought her to their fire at the center of the temporary camp, where she ate
a meal of venison and corn bread. She was timid yet appreciative. He told her
what the elders wanted of her.
"I don’t know what they mean by ‘make the water flow again,’" she was puzzled by this. After she finished the meal he led her to a temporary shelter where she rested while he went back to talk to Rama-ho. The medicine man explained that she was Tawquahdahmawk, that she was here to renew the flow of water in the canals.
Cliff Hawk tried to explain to him what Lianne had told him about not knowing
about their request, but he would not listen.
"Why else would she be here? She is Tawquahdahmawk! At sunrise we go to
Squaw Mountain and she will blow so her wind will make the water come strong again."
The brave repeated to Lianne what Rama-ho told him. "Oh my God! What have I
gotten into? But I’ll have to do it, I will pray to my God. That's all I can do."
That night Zanai gave Lianne a robe and dress from skins that Cliff Hawk had
captured. The next morning Cliff Hawk and Lianne set off for the south side of
Squaw Mountain, along with Chief Flaming Eagle, Rama-ho and five more braves. It was a short journey from their camp and Lianne was strong enough now to walk on her own. They only went about half way up the trail on the south side of the mountain because from here they could see for over 20 miles across the Sonoran Desert and the medicine man said this would be the best place to stop.
The elders stopped and said nothing, they just stared across the expance of
the desert, six miles to the southeast their village and some of the canals were
visible. Cliff Hawk’s eyes met Lianne’s, he nodded and quietly touched her
shoulder. She knew what they were expecting, and that scared her, but she went ahead with her plan--pray to her God.