Synopses & Reviews
For almost seven hundred years, the Havasupai Indians, who call themselves People of the Blue Water, have lived in an area that includes the depths of the western Grand Canyon and the heights of the San Francisco Peaks. Here they inhabited the greatest altitude variation of any Indians in Southwestern America.
Written in consultation with some of the last Havasupai shamans, this book details their religious beliefs, customs, and healing practices. A second section presents legends of the Havasupai origin, the first people, and tales of Coyote, Gila Monster, Bear, and others.
Written in consultation with some of the last Havasupai shamans, this book details their religious beliefs, customs, and healing practices, with a second section that presents legends of the Havasupai origin, the first people, and tales of Coyote, Gila Monster, Bear, and others.
About the Author
Carma Lee Smithson was engaged in doctoral research when she succumbed to lymphosarcoma in 1961. At her request, Robert Euler arranged and expanded her work for publication. Originally published in 1964 as Havasupai Religion and Mythology, this work has been reedited and includes photographs and a new foreword by Euler, now a consulting anthropologist.
Table of Contents
Preface Religion Sacred Places and Spirits Conceptions of the Soul Shamans and Illness Concepts of Disease and Illness Preventive Medicine Medicinal Therapy and Contraceptives The Sweatlodge and Its Therapeutic Functions Death and Funeral Customs The Funeral of Mexican Jack Dances Photographs Legends Origins Havasu Canyon Walls Closing Up Frog Rock Origin of Menstruation The Man Who Went After His Wife The Lady Who Could Have No Children Grandmother and Little Boy The Sun and His Daughters The Man Who Caught Himself in the Eagle’s Nest Bear’s Wife Turkey (or Eagle) Turkey (version 2) Fox and the Giant Bird Fox and His Brother Gila Monster and Hunter Hawk Porcupine Porcupine (version 2) Bat Coyote and His Family Coyote Steals the Heart of a Chief Coyote, Wolf, and Lion Coyote Packs a Pole Wolf, Coyote, Bat, and Elk The First Sweatlodge Coyote and Deer Coyote’s Death Bibliography