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SONGS OF THE TEWA
American Indian Home Songs, Scared Chants, Ceremonial Songs, Magic Songs and Prayers
By Herbert Joseph Spinden, PhD

Appendix with original Tewa texts, photographs, and a preface by Alice Marriott.

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For centuries the American Indian literary tradition was primarily an oral one. Since written languages were rare among native North and south American cultures, all literatureŚmyth, legend, story, poetryŚwas passed along the generations through memory and the spoken word. Herbert Joseph Spinden collected these at a timeŚaround 1933Śwhen the Indian poetic voice was a nameless one. The songs included here are of that period and his translations of Tewa ritual and secular songs are remarkable for their sensitivity to and consonance with Tewa (Pueblo) thought. This copyrighted edition includes an early introductory essay and scholarly notes by Dr. Spinden, early photographs of the Tewa from the collection of Mrs. Spinden, and a preface by Alice Marriott.


Softcover:
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
ISBN: 978-0-86534-193-7
144 pp.,$19.95


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