THE EARTH MOTHER AND HER CHILDREN
When Coronado, traveling northward from Mexico City, reached the seven cities of Cibola ( Zuni) in 1540, he was told of the province of Tusayan (Hopiland) with its seven terraced villages twenty-five leagues (200 miles) to the northwest. Accordingly he sent one of his officers, Pedro de Tovar, to those villages with seventeen horsemen and three or four footmen. With them went a Franciscan friar "who had been a fighting man in his youth." Of the expedition Pedro de Castañeda wrote,1"Our men arrived after nightfall and were able to conceal themselves under the edge of the village where they heard the
∥ The figure at the head of this chapter shows a falling warrior pierced by an arrow-- a prehistoric mural painting from Kawaiokuh. (Adapted from Douglas and d'Harnoncourt, III, courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art and Peabody Museum.)____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Culture in Crisis:A Study of the Hopi Indians. Contributors: Laura Thompson - Author. Publisher: Harper & Brothers. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1950. Page number: 21.
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