Chapter

Introduction

Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, William Smith Allison and Julian Hayden

in The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1994 | ISBN: 9780520084674
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520914568 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520084674.003.0001
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This chapter is a full, traditional Pima Indian creation narrative composed of thirty-six distinct stories that begin with the creation of the universe and end with the establishment of present-day villages. The chapter, in addition to having a version of nearly every known Pima story, is a complete natively articulated set of such stories. They were selected, narrated, intermittently commented on, and translated by two Pimas, Juan Smith and William Allison, over several nights in spring 1935 at Snaketown, a village on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona. Smith spoke in Pima, and Allison provided an English translation with comments. The white archaeologist Julian Hayden took down the English with care to preserve Allison's diction and phrasing.

Keywords: Pima; creation; universe; villages; Juan Smith; William Allison; Snaketown; Arizona; Julian Hayden

Chapter.  10697 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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