Outlines of Zuni Creation Myths

Outlines of Zuni Creation Myths

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During the earlier years of my life with the Zuni Indians of western-central New Mexico, from the autumn of 1879 to the winter of 1881-before access to their country had been rendered easy by the completion of the Atlantic and Pacific railroad, -they remained, as regards their social and religious institutions and customs and their modes of thought, if not of daily life, the most archaic of the Pueblo or Aridian peoples. They still continue to be, as they have for centuries been, the most highly developed, yet characteristic and representative of all these people. In fact, it is principally due to this higher development by the Zuni, than by any of the other Pueblos, of the mytho-sociologic system distinctive in some measure of them all at the time of the Spanish conquest of the southwest, that they have maintained so long and so much more completely than any of the others the primitive characteristics of the Aridian phase of culture; this despite the fact that, being the descendants of the original dwellers in the famous "Seven Cities of Cibola," they were the earliest known of all the tribes within the territory of the United States.
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 6mm | 168g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1508654379
  • 9781508654377