Underhill, Ruth Murray, 1884-1984. Papago Indian religion:

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Title: Papago Indian religion:

Published By: New York: Columbia University Press, 1946. viii, 359 p.

By line: Ruth Murray Underhill

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2010. Computer File

Culture: O'odham (NU79)

Subjects: Organized ceremonial (796); Music (533); Literary texts (539); Special deposits (317); Oratory (537); Ethnozoology (825); Purification and atonement (783); Puberty and initiation (881); Shamans and psychotherapists (756); Sacred objects and places (778);

Abstract: This source is a descriptive ethnography of Papago religion. The book is divided into five sections: a background on Papago history and culture; communal ceremonies; ceremonies for individual power; the use of power; and acculturation. In an appendix, Underhill notes the many resemblances to Pueblo practices to be found in the Papago prayer-stick festival. Also noteworthy is the subcultural variation in ceremonial to be found among the four main Papago groups, partly due to differential exposures to acculturative influence. Underhill, the outstanding authority on the Papago, was employed by the United States Indian Office when this source was published.

Document Number: 1

Document ID: nu79-001

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: At head of title: Ruth M. Underhill. 'A sequel to a previous paper on Social organization.'--Foreword.

Field Date: 1931-1935

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Timothy J. O'Leary ; 1958: John Beierle; 2010

Coverage Date: 1931-1935

Coverage Place: Arizona, United States

LCSH: Tohono O'odham Indians--Religion


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