The Pima Indians

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This is very valuable to help preserve the history of the Pima nation. The tradition of burning everything at ones death has the potential for creating gaps in the known history. Russell's work may be skewed because of this, but the pictures are a window to the ancient culture.

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Page 420 - Years ago the Tlingit would not use their fur. When a person was in danger of drowning, canoes would come to him (or her) and the people in them would say, "I am your friend," and take the person home. After that he became like them, but was called a land-otter man. One woman thus captured saw a number of round objects by the fire which she was told not to touch, but she jumped on one and it burst. They were the land-otters' scent bags. Then she was thrown outside and became a woman once more. In...
Page 303 - See the destructive lightning Going to kill the distant tree. It is going, my younger brother, To split the distant tree. Around the mountain I carry My poor younger brother; Carry him around the mountain And then I stand before it. The lightning like reddish snakes Tries to lash and shiver the trees. The lightning tries to strike them, But it fails and they yet stand.
Page 312 - About us on all sides corn tassels are waving. Hitciya yahina! The white light of day dawn Yet finds us singing, while the squash leaves are waving. Hi-iya naiho-o! The earth is rumbling From the beating of our basket drums. The earth is rumbling from the beating Of our basket drums, everywhere humming.
Page 278 - I am ready to start in the race, And the swallow with beating wings Cools me in readiness for the word. Far in the west stands the Black mountain Around which our racers ran at noon. Who is this man running with me, The shadow of whose hands I see...
Page ix - for continuing ethnological researches among the American Indians under the direction of the Smithsonian Institution...
Page 260 - With our nynnyirsa we went down, Wearing Yoku feathers in our headdresses. This is the White Land, we arrive singing, Headdresses waving in the breeze. We have come ! We have come ! The land trembles with our dancing and singing.
Page 162 - Two of the swiftest runners among the women acted as leaders and chose alternately from the players until all were selected in two groups. Two goals were fixed about 400 yards apart, one side saying, "To the trail is where we can beat you," while the other party declared, "To that mesquite is where we can beat you.
Page 51 - Gila Crossing. A man at Rso'tuk was killed by the accidental discharge of a revolver in the hands of a companion. Blackwater. An unusually heavy rain occurred during the winter, which gullied the hills deeply. The Apaches were making tizwin when the soldiers and Pima scouts attacked them; they took the alarm and escaped, leaving the liquor in the hands of the allies.
Page 139 - on the ground under the shade of one of the cotton sheds. Her left leg was tucked under her seat and her foot turned sole upwards; between her big toe and the next, was a spindle about 18 inches long, with a single fly of four or six inches.
Page 186 - In the beginning there was nothing where now are earth, sun, moon, stars, and all that we see. Ages long the darkness was gathering, until it formed a great mass in which developed the spirit of Earth Doctor, who, like the fluffy wisp of cotton that floats upon the wind, drifted to and fro without support or place to fix himself. Conscious of his power, he determined to try to build an abiding place, so he took from his breast a little dust and flattened it into a cake. Then he thought within himself,...

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