Source(s): The Zuni Indians and Their Uses of Plants
Matilda Coxe Stevenson (Author)
Anthropologist Matilda Stevenson describes the many ways in which Zuni people use corn.
Though not indigenous to the United States, corn was the staple food of the inhabitants of the Southwest long before the coming of the Spaniards in the middle of the sixteenth century, having been brought to this section either by peoples migrating f...
Southwest Crossroads Spotlight
An introduction to the history and culture of the people of Acoma.
Tribal elders say that Acoma (sometimes spelled Akome, Acuo, Acuco, Ako and A’ku-me) means “a place that always was.” Archaeologists have found artifacts at digs on Acoma Mesa that speak of prehistoric times. Like its near neighbors Hopi and Zu...
Title: Turkey Makes the Corn and Coyote Plants It
Source(s): American Indian Myths and Legends
Traditional; Richard Erdoes (Editor); Alfonso Ortiz (Editor)
Turkey teaches people how to grow corn, but Coyote doesn't learn the lesson.
Long ago when all the animals talked like people, Turkey overheard a boy begging his sister for food. “What does your little brother want?” he asked the girl.
“He’s hungry, but we have nothing to eat,” she said.
When Turkey heard this...
Title: Saquavicha, The Fox-Girl
Source(s): The Indian Leader, March 3, 1911, Native American Women’s Writing c. 1800-1924, an Anthology
Clara Talavenska Keshoitewa, Hopi (Author); Karen L. Kilcup (Editor)
Two girls, in love with the same boy, change each other into animals. Spider woman helps sort things out.
Once upon a time there lived at Oraibi, two young girls who were in love with a handsome boy that lived near them. The girl Saquavicha, who lived to the east of his home, married him, and when Palavicha heard of it she was jealous.