Zuni Indians


Zuñi (zōō´nyē, zōō´nē), pueblo (1990 pop. 7,405), McKinley co., W N.Mex., in the Zuñi Reservation; built c.1695. Its inhabitants are Pueblo of the Zuñian linguistic family. They are a sedentary people, who farm irrigated land and are noted for basketry, pottery, turquoise jewelry, and weaving, and for the ceremonial dances of the traditional religion most still practice. The original seven Zuñi villages are usually identified with the mythical Seven Cities of Cibola, which were publicized by Marcos de Niza. In 1540, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado attacked the villages, thinking that they had vast stores of gold. The villages were abandoned in the Pueblo revolt of 1680. The present pueblo was built on the site of one of the original seven.

See A. Nusbaum, The Seven Cities of Cibola (1926); The Zunis: Self-Portrayals, by the Zuñi People (tr. by A. Guam, 1972).

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Zuni Indians: Selected full-text books and articles

Finding the Center: The Art of the Zuni Storyteller By Andrew Peynetsa; Walter Sanchez; Dennis Tedlock University of Nebraska Press, 1999 (2nd edition)
The Coronado Expedition to Tierra Nueva: The 1540-1542 Route across the Southwest By Richard Flint; Shirley Cushing Flint University Press of Colorado, 2004
Librarian's tip: Chap. 14 "Zuni on the Day the Men in Metal Arrived"
Native Americans of the Southwest: The Serious Traveler's Introduction to People and Places By Zdenek Salzmann; Joy M. Salzmann Westview Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Discussion of Zuni Indians begins on p. 29
Toward New Perspectives in Folklore By Américo Paredes; Richard Bauman University of Texas Press, 1972
Librarian's tip: Discussion of the Zuni Indians begins on p. 115
The Spoken Word and the Work of Interpretation By Dennis Tedlock University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983
Librarian's tip: Chap. 6 "On Praying, Exclaiming, and Saying Hello in Zuni"
Witchcraft in the Southwest: Spanish and Indian Supernaturalism on the Rio Grande By Marc Simmons University of Nebraska Press, 1980
Librarian's tip: Chap. 7 "The Zuni Plague of Witches"
Repatriation Reader: Who Owns American Indian Remains? By Devon A. Mihesuah University of Nebraska Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 13 "Repatriation at the Pueblo of Zuni: Diverse Solutions to Complex Problems"
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