Bahr says he understands why members of the Tohono O'odham community wouldn't want to discuss the vomiting aspect of the ritual. "It's completely the opposite of white ideas about holding your liquor," he says. "It runs counter to white ideas of propriety." Vomit or no vomit, Jauquin reminds skeptics that the wine feast still brings the desired effect--rain. Nabhan saw it himself and wrote: "Looking down at the muddy puddles of vomit and spilled saguaro wine in the dirt, I noticed raindrops scattering, hitting the powdery dust. Looking up, I saw the shadow of a lone cloud dimming the feast camp for a few minutes, scattering a drizzle over us. One old Indian cowboy pulled his hat brim down, and prodded his boot heel into the soil as he spoke. 'Every time I been here to sit and drink that wine, there comes a little rain. Sure feels good to get wet again.'

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