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Obsidian bearer, White deerskin dance - Hupa, 1923 by Edward Curtis in Vol 13 of The North American

Updated: Nov 3, 2020

"The Hupa had two public ceremonies of a spectacular, but deeply religious, character: The so-called White Deerskin dance and the Jumping Dance. The former was known under three names: Tillahûch-mïhl-chïtïlya (“fawn with ceremony”), Hónsïhl-chïtilya (“summer ceremony”), and Hánûkê-chïtilya (“along-river ceremony”). There is a Wiyot myth to the effect that the son of Adak-sorá-hlúkihl (the Wiyot equivalent of Yimán-tuwinyai), gambling at Eel river with supernatural whole he chanced to meet, won the Deerskin dance and the necessary costumes. He took them home to his village on Mad river and the people danced once. For some reason he decided that it should not become an institution there, and gave it to the Yurok." #edwardscurtis#obsidianbearer#whitedeerskindance#hupa#northamericanindian#edwardcurtislegacy#photogravureart#edwardcurtis

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