How mockingbirds are : O'odham ritual orations /
Donald Bahr.
Albany : SUNY Press, c2011.
xi, 171 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
1438435258 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781438435251 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Albany : SUNY Press, c2011.
1438435258 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781438435251 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: The O'odham mockingbird texts, the background, and the argument -- The origin stories behind the wine drinks -- The ceremonies -- The speeches -- The mockingbird, big talker or rain doctor? -- Summary and conclusions -- Appendix 1: Two non-O'odham stories for comparison -- Appendix 2: Vanyiko's matches for all of the portions of Thin Leather's speech -- Appendix 3: Chart of the texts; orations and stories.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-164) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Donald Bahr is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Arizona State University at Tempe. He has published several books, including O'odham Creation and Related Events: As Told to Ruth Benedict in 1927; Piman Shamanism and Staying Sickness; Short Swift Time of Gods on Earth: The Hohokam Chronicles; and Ants and Orioles: Showing the Art of Pima Poetry. A volume in the SUNY series in North American Native Peoples, Past and Present Raymond Demallie and Douglas Parks, editors
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This is an analysis of the power of ritual orations in a southwestern American Indian community and why some indigenous stories cease to be relevant and told.
Main Description
Brilliant analysis of the power of ritual orations in a southwestern American Indian community.
Main Description
The mediation of mockingbirds and the enduring significance of indigenous ceremonial speeches are deftly revealed in this brilliant analysis of ritual orations created and delivered by the O'odham people (also known as the Pima-Papago). Making their homes along rivers and washes across the arid expanses and mountains of the desert of southern Arizona and northern Sonora, the O'odham people traditionally lived in small villages with scattered brush-walled round houses. Public ceremonies involved many villages and centered around small brush-walled ├┤rainhouses.├Â
Table of Contents
Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The O'odham Mockingbird Texts, the Background, and the Argumentp. 1
The Origin Stories behind the Wine Drinksp. 21
The Ceremoniesp. 57
The Speechesp. 69
The Mockingbird: Big Talker or Rain Doctor?p. 109
Summary and Conclusionsp. 117
Two Non-O'odham Stories for Comparisonp. 123
Vanyiko's Matches for All of the Portions of Thin Leather's Speechp. 129
Chart of the Texts; Orations and Storiesp. 141
Notesp. 151
References Citedp. 163
Indexp. 165
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