The Zuni

Introduction to the Zuni Creation

The genesis of the worlds, or the beginning of newness

The genesis of men and the creatures

The gestation of men and the creatures

The forthcoming from earth of the foremost of men

The birth from the sea of the Twin deliverers of men

The birth and delivery of men and the creatures

The condition of men when first into the world of daylight born

The origin of priests and of knowledge

The origin of Raven and Macaw

The origin and naming of the totem-clans and creature kinds, and the division and naming of spaces and things

The origin of the councils of secrecy or sacred brotherhoods

The unripeness and instability of the world when still young

The hardening of the world, and the first settlement of men

The beginning of the search for the middle of the world, and the second lingering of men

The learning of war, and the third lingering

The meeting of the People of Dew, and the fourth lingering

The generation of the seed of seeds, or the origin of corn

The renewal of the search for the Middle

The choosing of seekers for signs of the Middle

The change-making sin of the brother and sister

The birth of the Old-ones or ancients of the Kâ'kâ

The renewal of the great journey, and the division of the tribes of men

The origin of death by dying, and the abode of souls and the Kâ'kâ

The loss of the great southern clans

The saving of the father-clans

The awaiting of the lost clans

The straying of K'yak'lu and his complaint to the Water-Fowl

How the Duck agreed to guide Ky'ak'lu

How the Rainbow-Worm bore Ky'ak'lu to the plain of Ka'hluëaut;lane

The delaying of K'yäk'lu in the plain, and his dismay

How the Duck found the lake of the dead and the gods of the Kâ'kâ

How the gods of the Kâ'kâ counselled the Duck

How by the Duck's request the Kâ'yemäshi sought K'yäk'lu to convey him to the lake of the dead

How the Kâ'yemäshi bore K'yäk'lu to the council of the gods

The council of the Kâ'kâ and the instruction of K'yäk'lu by the gods

The instruction of the Kâ'yemäshi by K'yäk'lu

How the Kâ'yemäshi bore K'yäk'lu to his people

The return of K'yäk'lu and his sacred instructions to the people

The enjoining of the K'yäk'lu Ámosi, and the departure of K'yäk'lu and the Old-ones

The coming of the brothers Ánahoho and the runners of the Kâ'kâ

The dispatching of the souls of things to the souls of the dead

The renewal of the great journeying and the search for the Middle

The warning speech of the gods, and the untailing of men

The origin of the Twin Gods of War and the Priesthood of the Bow

The downfall of Han'hlipink'ya and the renewed search for the Middle

The wars with the Black people of the high buildings and with the ancient woman of the K'yakweina and other Ka'kakwe

The adoption of the Black people, and the division of the clans to search for the Middle

The northward eastern journey of the Winter clans

The southward eastern journey of the Summer clans

The eastward middle journey of the People of the Middle

The settlement of Zuni-land and the building of the seven great towns

The reunion of the People of the Middle with the Summer and Seed peoples

The great council of men and the beings for the determination of the true Middle

The establishment of the fathers and their altar at H&aslash;lonawan or the Wandering-Place of the Middle

The flooding of the towns, and the building of the City of Seed on the mountain

The staying of the flood by sacrifice of the youth and maiden, and the establishment of the H&aslash;loan Itiwana on the true Middle

The custom of testing the Middle in the Middle time

The cherishing of the Corn maidens and their custom as of old

The murmuring of the foolish against the custom of the Corn maidens

The council of the fathers that the perfection of the customs be accomplished

The observance of the "Hla&aslash;hekwe custom, or Dance of the Corn Maidens

The sending of the Twin Priests of the Bow to request the aid of Paiyatuma and his Flute People

The finding of Paiyatuma and his custom of the flute

The preparations for the coming of Paiyatuma and his People of the Flute

The coming of Paiyatuma and his Dance of the Flute

The sacrilege of the youths of the dance and the disappearance of the Maidesn of the Corn

The mourning for the loss of the Maidens of Corn

The seeking of the Maidens of Corn by the Eagle

The seeking of the Maidens of corn by the Falcon

The seeking of the Maidens of Corn by the Raven

The request to Piaytuma and his reversal of the peoples' will

The seeking of the Maidens of Corn by Paiyatuma

The finding of the Maidens of Corn in Summerland

The return of the Maidens of Corn with Piayatuma

The presentation of the perfected seed to the fathers of men, and the passing of the Maidens of Seed

The instructions of Paiyatuma for the laws and customs of the corn perfecting

The final instructions of Paiyatuma, and his passing


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