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The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony

Fifth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1883-84

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Published: 1887
Language: English
Wordcount: 45,860 / 148 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.8
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,012
Added to site: 2007.03.18
mnybks.net#: 16309
Genres: History, Science, Myth

Government Printing Office, Washington, 1887, pages 379-468

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more abundant, and they could trap and gather seeds as they traveled. They determined to leave, and next morning broke camp. They journeyed on till they reached the banks of the San Juan. Here they found abundance of tciltcin (fruit of Rhus aromatica) and of grass seeds, and they encamped beside the river at night.

14. Next day they traveled up the stream to a place called Tse`çqàka, and here again they halted for the night. This place is noted for its deposits of native salt. The travelers cut some out from under a great rock and filled with it their bags, made out of the skins of the squirrels and other small animals which they had captured. Thence they followed up the river to Tse`¢ezá` (Rock Sticking Up), and thence to Çisyà-qojòni (Beautiful Under the Cottonwoods), where they remained a day and killed two rabbits. These they skinned, disemboweled, crushed between two stones, bones and all, so that

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