Parsons, Elsie Worthington Clews, 1874-1941. The social organization of the Tewa of New Mexico

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The Social Organization Of The Tewa Of New Mexico


Naming Ritual: Lists Of Names: Various Practices In Naming

Various Practices In Naming


Marriage Choices

Betrothal And Marriage Practices

Household Composition

Inheritance Of Property And House Ownership

Lists Of Households 107

Sickness And Witchcraft: Death Practices




Moiety And Clan

Moiety And Marriage

Moiety And House Ownership


Governor And Officers

Ceremonial Organization

Town Chieftaincy

Medicine Society

Clown Society

Hunt Chief And The Hunt

War Society In Tradition, And War

Woman's Society

Hierarchic Organization And Origin Myth

Kachina Cult

Ceremonial Calendar

Seasonal Transfer

Solstice Ceremonies

Rain Retreats

Pilgrimage For Rain


Kachina Dances Without Masks

Kossa Dances

Game Animal Dances

War Dances

Navaho Dance

Mexican Dance

Procession Of The Saints

Miscellaneous Dances

General Curing Ceremony

Curing Initiation Of The Kossa Of Santa Clara And Nambé.

Installation Ceremony Of The Winter Men Of Nambé At Tesuque

Spring Irrigation

Ceremonial Shinny, Pu'nabeketa'me 416

Tsiupupina (shoots Magic)

Ceremonial Racing

Hidden Ball

All Souls' Day


Shrines, Prayer-feathers, Ritual Cigarette, Prayer-sticks

Offerings Of Meal, Pollen, Pigment, And Tobacco

Corn Ear Fetich: Cactus Fetich

Fetiches In Stone Or Shell

Altar 459 And Ritual Road

Ritual Smoking

Breath Rites

“giving Water” ( Poku ): Medicine


Circuit And Direction: Color Association

Hair Washing And Ritual Bath

Fasting: Retreat: Continence


“woman-man” 486


The Mothers

Sun, Moon, Stars, Lightning, World Man

Fire, Wind, Ragged Woman, Mean Old Man And Woman, Salt Woman, Spider Woman, Cactus Grandmother.

Cloud Beings (oxuhwa)


War Spirits ( Towa E' Sen D O, Little People Old Men )


Mountain-lion And Bear

Water Serpent ( Avanyų )

Coyote ( Posew□a )


Comparative Discussion

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The social organization of the Tewa of New Mexico

Published By: Original publisher Menasha, Wisconsin: [s.n.]. 1929. 309 p., 42 plates, 8 unnumbered plates

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Elsie Clews Parsons

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2010. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Tewa Pueblos (NT18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Organized ceremonial (796); Dance (535); Kinship terminology (601); Clans (614); Moieties (616); Spirits and gods (776); Sodalities (575); Personal names (551); Literary texts (539); Mythology (773);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This monograph, written by a well-known professional anthropologist, is a study of Tewa social structure, ceremonial organization, rituals, and supernatural beings, as observed by the author in the communities of San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, and Nambé. Very detailed descriptions of rituals and ceremonies are given in this study, but there is relatively little information on the material culture of the Tewa. The appendix contains several folktales from Nambé.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 1

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt18-001

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 308-309) A glossary of frequently occurring native terms used throughout the text, may be found in category GLOSSARY. This glossary has been composed by HRAF and is not to be found in the original text.

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1923-1927

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1961; John Beierle; 2008

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1923-1927

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Tewa Pueblos, New Mexico, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Tewa Indians


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