Hopi Snake Dance

Hopi Snake Dance Arizona Native Americana


Stock #: 349896
Type: Postcard
Era: Divided Back
State: Arizona (AZ)
Publisher: Detroit Publishing Co.
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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With the primitive people of the Southwest, water is the most precious of all elements. In a land of cloudless skies and waterless mesas, most of the ceremonies of these people are directed to the gods who have power over the much to be desired downpour of rains. The weird ceremony of the Snake Dance is a prayer for rain, the snakes being used as messengers to the gods having power over the rain clouds. It continues for nine days. The public performance (in which live snakes are handled) occurs on the ninth or last day. This ceremony takes place about the middle of August
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