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Anth 100: Other People’s Worlds - Ethnographic Example Ethnographic Description I: Hopi When a child is born, the father sets the child upon the road of life, symbolized by the cornmeal that the father sprinkles in a path, as the naming party carries the child to the edge of a mesa. The father’s mother and her mother pray over the child, presenting it to the rising sun, and bestow a name upon the child. When a child is eight or nine, both boys and girls are initiated into the mysteries of religion as members of Kachina cults. Sometime between the ages of 16 and 20, girls pass through a four-day ceremony of grinding corn in a darkened room, from which they emerge with their hair in two fat buns above their ears; the squash-blossom hairstyle that signifies they are of marriageable age. A boy’s puberty ceremony is more elaborate, involving tests of strength and courage as well as a mock battle between some of the grown men and the initiate. In this encounter the boy is always victorious, his triumph symbolizing his readiness for full tribal membership. An adolescent boy could now sleep in the kiva and, if he so chooses, leave it during the night, wrapped in a blanket and bound for a dumaiya
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  • Fall '14
  • EricWilliamson
  • mock battle, household skills, marriage costume

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