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CUSTOM, NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

THE YEI-BE-CHOI DANCE IS PERFORMED IN THE FALL WHEN THE THUNDER
GOD SLEEPS. IT IS HELD TO PREVENT BLINDNESS.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Autumn Fall Harvest Thanksgiving
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NO DATE INDICATED.

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NAVAJO INDIANS; NEW MEXICO

WHEN YOU LOCK THE DOOR, YOU TAKE A PINCH OF CORN POLLEN, FACE THE
EAST, AND TOSS THE POLLEN INTO THE AIR PRAYING TO THE
GOD OF THE HOUSE TO WATCH IT DURING ONE'S ABSENCE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Home
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT ENTERED BY COLLECTOR

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CUSTOM

NAVAJO INDIANS, NEW MEXICO. WHIRLWINDS ARE BELIEVED
TO CARRY THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD.
THEY COME AFTER BABIES SO IF ONE SHOULD BE CAUGHT
NEAR A WHIRLWIND HE IS UNDRESSED AND HIS CLOTHES WASHED.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CUSTOM

A CEDAR BRANCH OVER THE HOGAN DOOR
WILL KEEP THE SPIRITS OUT

Submitter comment: HOGAN: THE TYPICAL DWELLING OF THE NAVAJO INDIANS,
BUILT OF EARTH WALLS SUPPORTED BY TIMBERS.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

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CUSTOM

NAVAJO INDIANS, NEW MEXICO: WHEN A DOG'S EARS ARE CLIPPED,
IT MAKES THEM SMART.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN NEW MEXICO CANDLES IN BAGS OF SAND ARE USED INSTEAD OF ELECTRIC
LIGHTS TO DECORATE AT CHRISTMAS THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER DAUGHTER WHO IS LIVING IN NEW MEXICO.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Lights and candles

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CHRISTMAS CUSTOM

IN NEW MEXICO TUMBLEWEED IS PILED IN A CONE SHAPE AND DECORATED IN
PLACE OF EVERGREENS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER DAUGHTER WHO IS LIVING IN NEW MEXICO.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Mistletoe and other greenery

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

IF A MOTHER DIES AT CHILDBIRTH THE BABY IS TAKEN TO
THE TRADING POST AND GIVEN TO THE WHITE TRADERS.
THEY KEEP THEM FOR THEMSELVES OR TURN THEM INTO THE
HOSPITAL. MM
WHEN TWINS ARE BORN, THE STRONGEST ONE IS USUALLY
PICKED OUT AND THE OTHER ONE IS TAKEN AWAY AND LEFT
TO DIE. THERE ARE VERY FEW TWINS ON THE RESERVATION.
A FEW HAVE KEPT THEM IN THE LAST FEW YEARS (1960S)
BUT THIS CUSTOM IS STILL WIDESPREAD.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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THERE IS A PLATEAU IN THE NEW MEXICAN ROCKY MOUNTAINS THAT IS SHAPED
LIKE A SKULL. THE STORY GOES THAT COWBOYS WOULD GO UP THERE LOOKING
FOR WILD HORSES THAT THEY HEARD RUNNING UP THERE BUT EVERY TIME THEY
GOT UP THERE THEY FOUND NO HORSES AND NO TRACKS. ONE DAY A NATIVE
COWBOY GOES UP THERE BY HIMSELF AND LATER COMES RACING DOWN, RUSHES
INTO THE ROOM WHERE THEY ARE ALL SITTING, DROPS TO HIS KNEES, AND
PRAYERS FOR HALF AN HOUR STRAIGHT. WHEN HE IS THROUGH HE REFUSES
TO TELL ANYONE WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM UP THERE.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS ON A CAMPING TRIP WHILE HE WAS OUT THERE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO

James Callow Keyword(s): OCCUPATIONS

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal

Date learned: 00-00-1983 ; 11-00-1987

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO--CUSTOM

INDIANS DIG UP THE DEAD TO STEAL THE FINGERS OF THE
DEAD TO MAKE THEIR BLACK MEDICINE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO--CUSTOM

IF AN INDIAN DIES IN THE HOSPITAL, ANYTHING IN THE
ROOM BELONGING TO THE DEAD PERSON IS PLACED IN THE
GRAVE WITH THEM.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIAN CUSTOM

WHEN SOMEONE DIES, A HOLE IS CUT IN THE NORTH SIDE
OF THE HOGAN AND THEY ARE CARRIED OUT. THE HOGAN
IS THEN BURNT.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIAN CUSTOM

BIRTHDAYS ARE NOT CELEBRATED, BUT A SHEEP IS KILLED
AND A PARTY IS HELD WHEN THE BABY LAUGHS FOR
THE FIRST TIME.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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TRADITIONAL NAVAJO MARRIAGE

THERE IS A NEWSPAPER CLIPPING WITH PHOTOGRAPH, OF A
NAVAJO WEDDING CEREMONY ON JULY 31 AT THE SMITH LAKE
CHAPTER HOUSE, NEW MEXICO. "HELEN S. HUDSON, INDIAN
VILLAGE, NEW MEXICO AND KEITH TOLINO, WHITE HORSE

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Ceremony

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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NAVAJO INDIANS: NEW MEXICO

AT THE FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON YOU MUST GO
OUT AND TAKE A SNOW BATH BEFORE YOU EAT, SO
THAT YOU WILL BE STRONG AND WISE.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; SHIPROCK

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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INDIAN LEGEND

IN TUCUMCARI, THERE IS A MOUNTAIN BY THE SAME NAME.
THERE IS AN INDIAN LEGEND THAT TELLS HOW THE MOUN-
TAIN WAS NAMED. IT SEEMS THAT THERE WAS AN INDIAN
PRINCESS WHO WAS LOVED BY TWO BRAVES. SHE LOVED ONLY
ONE AND HE WAS NAMED TUCUMCARI. SO THEY TOOK THE TWO
BRAVES TO THE TOP OF A MOUNTAIN AND HERE THEY WERE
TO FIGHT IT OUT UNTIL ONE OF THEM KILLED THE OTHER
ONE. THE FIGHTING WENT ON FOR A FEW DAYS AND
FINALLY THE ONE BRAVE PUSHED TUCUMCARI OVER THE
MOUNTAIN. INSTEAD OF MARRYING THE MAN WHOM SHE DID
NOT LOVE, THE PRINCESS JUMPED OVER THE MOUNTAIN ALSO
AND FROM THIS FIGHT, THE MOUNTAIN WAS NAMED.

Where learned: NEW MEXICO ; TUCUMCARI

James Callow Keyword(s): LOVERS' LEAP

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Legend

Date learned: 06-00-1965

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