"Beware the Pogonip"

In The Old Farmer's Almanac, in the calendar for December, the phrase "Beware the Pogonip" regularly appears. In Smoke Bellew Jack London described Pogonip which happened to the main characters, killing one of them.

Supposedly, western Native Americans called it "frozen death" because it took so many lives from upper respiratory infections.

 

The name pogonip is an English adaptation of the Shoshone word meaning "cloud" (payinappih).

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