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The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo

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by Edward Proctor Hunt
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The Origin Myth of Acoma Pueblo by Edward Proctor Hunt

A masterpiece of Pueblo Indian mythology, now in a restored edition

Edward Proctor Hunt, a Pueblo Indian man, was born in 1861 in the mesa-top village of Acoma, New Mexico, and initiated into several secret societies, only to later break with his people's social and reli?gious codes. In 1928, he recited his version of the origin myth of the Acoma Indians to Smithsonian Institution scholars. Hailed by many as the most accessible of all epic narratives recounting a classic Pueblo Indian story of creation, migration, and ulti?mate residence, the myth offers a unique window into Pueblo Indian cosmology and ancient history, revealing how a premodern society answered key existential questions and formed its customs. In this new edition, Peter Nabokov renders this important document into a clear sequence, adds excerpted material from the original storytelling sessions, and explores the creation and roles of such myths in Pueblo Indian cultures.

The remarkable life of Edward Hunt is the subject of Peter Nabokov's companion volume, How the World Moves, which follows Hunt and his sons on their passage from tradition to modernity as they strike out as native entrepreneurs and travelling interpreters of American Indian lore.

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Pages: 240
Size: 1.0 MB
Publisher: Penguin Classic
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9780698179578 (DRM-EPUB)

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Nonfiction > History > Native American
Nonfiction > Social Science > Ethnic Studies > Native American Studies
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