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: Ethnography

: photograph

: Sepia-toned photograph of an Oraibi-Moki snake dance, August 1896. 22 young men gathered around watching one man with a snake on the ground in front of him. Most are holding snakes. They wear aprons, with fur tails behind them, and have white paint on backs, chests and arms. A white man watches from behind the group. In the distance are people and horses, most seem to be Moqui Indians waiting for the dance. The snake dance is a sacred ritual, to propitiate the water god and ask for rain in a dry land. Performed at Oraibi, the largest town, in even years and at Walpi in odd years, young men brought in 200 snakes from a 4 day hunt, the snakes were danced by the snake priests, then returned to the wild. Rubber-stamped on recto: Santa Fe Route News service / Fred Harvey Mgr / Los Angeles.

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: Breton Collection

: Arizona, United States of America [USA], North America, Americas

: Oraibi village

: Moqui

: Maude, F H - Maude, F.H. & Co

: 1896

: Arizona, United States of America [USA], North America, Americas

: Oraibi village

: 1896

: Given by Colonel Breton, 1923.