Hopi and Zuni Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

Hopi and Zuni
This paper looks at the native peoples of the Southwest, the Hopi and Zuni.
# 118720 | 1,152 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer explains that the Hopi and Zuni tribes both originate from the Anasazi tribe, an enormous and sophisticated ancient tribe which owned much of New Mexico, to Southern Nevada, and Colorado. The writer compares and contrasts the lives and cultures of these two tribes, both descendants of the Anasazi, who have developed in separate directions. The writer looks at aspects of the history, religion, kinship ties, and political organization of both the Hopi and Zuni tribes. The writer concludes that these cultural aspects are of interest to both the anthropologist, and the sociologist, as they may provide keys to the practices, beliefs and the social practices of the Anasazi tribes.

Political Organization

From the Paper:

"The Zuni have remained isolated from European traditions, and so their ceremonies are of two kinds; a impersonation of the Ancestral gods called Kachinas, which is a male preserve, and a shamanistic cult which displays both prayers and fetishes, religious tokens, but also a performance of shamanistic magical ceremonies. Women are associated with the shamanistic side, and employ herbs to hinder conception, and perform abortions. Like other shamanistic tribes across the globe, the Zuni believe that lakes and other places are inhabited by spirits and deities. While the Hopi are what is perceived as a traditional Indian spiritual tribe, the Zuni have more in common with South American Shamanistic practice."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CP-LUHNA Hopi http://www.cpluhna.nau.edu/People/hopi.htm
  • Curtis, E.S. Notes From "The North American Indian" Volume 12 http://www.curtis-collection.com/tribe%20data/hopi.html Volume 17 http://www.curtis-collection.com/tribe%20data/zuni.html
  • Ferguson, T.J (1996) Zuni http://www.cpluhna.nau.edu/People/zuni.htm
  • Kittelson, A. Zuni http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/northamerica/zuni.html
  • McNair, A Hopi http://www.mnsu.edu/emuseum/cultural/northamerica/hopi.html

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Hopi and Zuni (2010, February 18) Retrieved October 17, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/analytical-essay/hopi-and-zuni-118720/

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