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Alfonso Ortiz was born in San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico. Fluent in Tewa, Ortiz studied sociology at the University of New Mexico and anthropology at the University of Chicago, earning his Ph.D. in 1967. Ortiz's anthropological work was concerned primarily with the history and culture of the American Indians of the southwest.
The collection consists of ten phonotapes of approximately fifty-five hours duration made primarily at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, by Ortiz to help preserve the language and the culture and to perpetuate the oral tradition of the Indian tribe. The tapes contain myths, folktales, prayers, speeches, chants including dance songs, the Mattachines song series, the butterfly ceremony, and the ceremony of man, and discussions with tribal elders about ritual initiations and religious societies of the Tewa-speaking Pueblo.
Purchase, 1968 (AM 19374).
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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
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- Butterfly dance
- Folklore -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Dance
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Folklore
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Music
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Religion and mythology
- Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Rites and ceremony
- Initiation rites -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo
- Oral tradition -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo
- Pueblo Indians -- Oral histories
- Pueblo Indians -- Religion and mythology
- Tewa Indians -- Oral histories
- Tewa Indians -- Religion and mythology
- Tewa language
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