Zuni Breadstuff

Zuni Breadstuff

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...is a place of painful thoughts," say the narrators; but it stands always the same, for its builder was He-Of-Large-Muscles. At sunset the men file in from the field. The women have spread or rather strung the feast out on the lowest roof. Ten or twelve great bowls in a row, smoking hot with stew, every one as red with chile as its rising vapors are with the touches of sunset. There is a row of breadstuff, thin as paper, flaky as crackers, red, yellow, blue, and white, piled up in baskets down either side of the meat bowls. Outside these, two other rows, this time of blankets and stool blocks. The first man whose head appears up the ladder is besieged with polite invitations to "Sit and eat; sit and eat," from as many pairs of lips as there are women on the housetop. When all are seated, a sacrifice is made to the household fire. Up to this time the talking has been rife; now it ceases altogether. Everything except eating seems tabu until the feast has disappeared, and the cigarettes are rolled and lighted. Then talking resumes and long into the night continues. At the second or third hoeing, which takes place usually after one of the late summer rains, they "hill" the corn much In ancient as our Eastern farmers do. times a sort of broad pick-axe or hoe made from the scapula of an elk and bound with rawhide to a wooden handle (pl. III, g), or a hoe of hard wood similarly fastened to the handle and surmounted by a heavy stone (h), was used for this purpose. Autumn comes and the "corn children" have been taken in to meet their "father and mother," the yii'-po-to and the mi'k'iaP-jban-ne. A while later, another search is made through the field, this time for such corn as...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844831
  • 9781236844835