In the January 2004 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, they ran a story called "Nimitseahpah", by Nancy Etchemendy. 'Nimitseahpah' is the name of the Paiute statue that's part of the story:

"It has a powerful name. Nimitseahpah. The Paiutes never say it aloud. They only whisper it, same as the old miners," I heard Nev say.
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But where is this name from? Is it a real name from somewhere, or did Nancy just make it up?

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    A shot in the dark, but to me it seems somewhat reminiscent of Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep (and a bit of googling suggests that the genre of this short story has some overlap with Lovecraft's work as well, so there's a chance she's familiar with his work). Apr 10, 2017 at 8:49

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In an interview for Nightmare Magazine in April 2014, Etchemendy states that:

Nimitseahpah, by the way, is a Paiute word that is usually translated as “God.” But the old Paiutes weren’t monotheists. The word is more accurately translated as “the wellspring from which all things come.” Or so I’m told.

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