By Larry Eskridge
Tornadoes were nothing new to Native Americans, says Svenvold. The Blackfeet called it Windsucker, while the Seneca described it as a giant crashing through the forest. The Kiowa explained the phenomenon as a large horse, Red Wind, which was created by a medicine man to cool his people but was punished for its unruly behavior by being banished to the sky. Every now and then, however, the horse escaped to take some revenge.