Kiva - Kiva By Peter Nabokov and Robert Easton Myth/myth...

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Kiva By Peter Nabokov and Robert Easton Myth/myth charter; ontological myth Archetype/form, religious aspects, micro/macro, axis mundi, anthropomorphism. Organic architecture, unprocessed materials Adobes on Mesas or on an outcropping of rock. Graduated Sanctity, celestial and natural relations Initiation (Ritual- prescribed sequence of events in a certain order) o Death/rebirth-symbolic, new names o Knowledge transmission- the Kachina reveal themselves and tell the initiatees of the ontology and the culture. o Gender- segregation, males- culture, women- natural Rite of Passage –how an initiation is enacted spiritually o Separation- grades are in different buildings; the school is separated from the building o Transition- through the neutral space to a higher level; a revelation of information and a old name to a new name. o Incorporation- ex. In 4 years, you will be out of college as a new person with new knowledge and identity, and then go into society with a new status, prestige and as a new person. Think about the similarities and differences between the kivas and Deerfield. o The school society has rank, is stratified, nonverbal conditioning (How do you learn about you culture and values?) Individualism, self-reliance, autonomy, individualism o The Rite of Passage is important. For schools, based on grades and tests. For Kivas, it was different- initiations. Sex segregation with the kivas. Questions 1. What are the visually distinctive features identifying the presence of a kiva? a. When one first sees a kiva, a wooden stairway leading to the top is present along with a ladder pointing up to the sky. Most are made of bricks of mud and the natural materials of the environment. The ladder is the most distinctive feature-it sticks up higher than any other ladder. They do have ladder braces that are covered in cloud symbols. Some are circular (Mythic Acoma), some rectangular (Hopi) 2. What is the basic symbolism of the kiva? What are the symbolic features of the kiva?
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