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How mockingbirds are; O'odham ritual orations.


How mockingbirds are; O'odham ritual orations.

Bahr, Donald.

State U. of New York Pr.


171 pages



North American native peoples, past and present


In the context of the oral literature of the O'odham people (aka the Pima-Papago) of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico, Bahr (emeritus, anthropology, Arizona State U. at Tempe) presents his translation and interpretation of versions of a ceremonial rain speech--one extinct, one still in use--featuring mockingbirds. He also examines origin stories behind the use of saguaro cactus wine in ceremonies, banned at times by the US government. The volume includes b&w photos, stories by the Winnebago and Jicarilla Apache for comparison, and a summary table of the O'odham orations discussed including comments.

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Date:Oct 1, 2011
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