New Creation and Corn

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:
New Creation and Corn

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This chapter discusses the Hohokam chronicles with the creation of that people by the now-senior Sihuuhu. After a brief discussion of different versions of what became of the original creation, it moves to the real matter, the Corn and Tobacco stories. First, what happened to the old creation. According to Juan Smith and William Allison, these people all died. They spoke Pima–Papago, the Hohokam will speak Pima–Papago, and the people who will conquer the Hohokam, who will emerge from the underworld, spoke it, too. Smith-Allison hold that these last people were created by Earth Doctor after he sank to the underworld. Other narrators hold that the conquerors were the first-created people. Thus they entered the underworld, a kind of master womb analogous to Siuuhu's earth gum jar of the flood myth. Symbolically, they, too, were leveled with the gods, but their rebirth will come much later.

Keywords: Hohokam; Sihuuhu; Corn; Tobacco; old creation; Juan Smith; William Allison; Pima; Papago; Earth Doctor

Chapter.  9341 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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