The Indians' Book: An Offering by the American Indians of Indian Lore, Musical and Narrative, to Form a Record of the Songs and Legends of Their Race

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Harper and Bros., 1907 - Indians of North America - 572 pages
 

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Page 96 - N the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals,1 for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beasts, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and the moon should man learn. Tirawa spoke to man through his works, and the Pawnee understands the heavens, the beasts, and the plants.
Page 301 - And the darkness gathered thick in places, crowding together and then separating, crowding and separating until at last out of one of the places where the darkness had crowded there came forth a man. This man wandered through the darkness until he began to think; then he knew himself and that he was a man; he knew that he was there for some purpose. He put his hand over his heart and drew forth a large stick. He used the stick to help him through the darkness, and when he was weary he rested upon...
Page 521 - ... life of ages more remote than the lake villages of Switzerland is in many particulars preserved for us today, and when we study it we realize as never before the continuity of human development, its enormous duration and the almost infinite accumulation of slow efforts by which progress has been made. The Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona are among the most interesting structures of the world.
Page 480 - Flute, hail ! At the four world-points Ye call, ye summon clouds. From the four world-points upstarting, Shall the rain hither come. Hither thunder, rain-thunder here, Hither the rain-thunder will come; Hither rain, moving-rain Onward now, over all the fields, Moving-rain. And the wet earth, 'mid the corn, Everywhere, far and near, It will shine - water-shine.
Page 476 - YELLOW butterflies Over the blossoming virgin corn, With pollen-painted faces Chase one another in brilliant throng. Blue butterflies Over the blossoming virgin beans, With pollen-painted faces Chase one another in brilliant streams.
Page 522 - Some extremely ancient types of society, still preserved on this continent in something like purity, are among the most instructive monuments of the past that can now be found in the world. Such a type is that of the Moquis [Hopis] of northeastern Arizona.
Page 300 - ... and Wakiash found that instead of four days he had been away four years. They went into the house, and Wakiash began to make a dance; he taught the people the songs, and they sang, and Wakiash danced, and then the Echo came, and whosoever made a noise the Echo made the same, changing its mouths' . When they had finished dancing the house was gone; it went back to the animals. And all the chiefs were ashamed because Wakiash now had the best dance. Then Wakiash made, out of wood, a house and masks...
Page 348 - How joyous his neigh! Lo, the Turquoise Horse of Johano-ai, How joyous his neigh, There on precious hides outspread standeth he; How joyous his neigh, There on tips of fair fresh flowers feedeth he; How joyous his neigh, There of mingled waters holy drinketh he; How joyous his neigh, There he spurneth dust of glittering grains; How joyous his neigh, There in mist of sacred pollen hidden, all hidden he; How joyous his neigh, There his offspring many grow and thrive for evermore; How joyous his neigh!

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