Shannon was given the middle name Shalako after a Hopi/Zuni Native American kachina. Kachinas are said to be the spirit essence of everything in the real world. Their existence is inferred from such things as the steam rising from food, the mist rising from a spring on a cold morning, or the cloud which forms above a mountain top. They represent plants and animals, insects; even death itself is given a kachina form. The creative force of the sun and the abstract power inherent in neighboring tribes are also visualized as kachinas.
The Shalako are the cloud people; the giant couriers of the rainmakers.
Shalako is pronouced with the emphasis on the first syllable. SHA-la-ko; not sha-LA-ko.