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Rainhouse and Ocean
Speeches for the Papago Year
By Ruth Murray Underhill; Donald M. Bahr; Baptisto Lopez; Jose Pancho; David Lopez
153 pp. / 6.00 in x 9.00 in / 1997
Paper (978-0-8165-1774-9) [s]
  
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  - Papago [Tohono O'odham] & Pima


The Tohono O'odham of southern Arizona, formerly known as the Papago, have made a life in a place that many would consider uninhabitable. These desert people were converted to Catholicism by early Spanish missionaries, yet they retain much of their earlier lifeway as a means of continuing adaptation to their desert environment. This book is a restudy of speeches and ritual information collected by anthropologist Underhill beginning in 1931 and published in her book Papago Indian Religion (1946). It describes the Native--as opposed to the Christian--side of the yearly ritual cycle of the Tohono O'odham, showing how seven rites form a system of meanings that grew from the relation between these people and their desert homeland. The rites presented focus on the summer wine feast, salt pilgrimage, hunting, war, and flood.


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