The Snake Dance of the Moquis of Arizona; Being a Narrative of a Journey from Santa F ©, New Mexico, to the Villages of the Moqui Indians of Arizona, with a Description of the Manners and Customs of this Peculiar People, and Especially of the Revolting Religious Rite, the Snake-dance; to which is Added a Brief Dissertation Upon Serpent-worship in General, with an Account of the Tablet Dance of the Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico, Etc
New York: Scribner's, 1884. First Edition. Cloth. 8vo. Original publisher‚Äôs pictorial cloth with gilt lettering and decoration on spine and cover. Decorative endpapers. Half-title, frontispiece and 33 plates, including 15 color lithographs and one fold-out. xviii, 371, XXXI (plates), 32 (advertisements).
Both boards detached. Strip of spine torn away and laid inside. Interior is excellent and unmarked. Plates are bright and clean.
This is a quite scarce ethnography of the indigenous Moqui people (a sub-group of the Hopi) and the various rites and rituals surrounding their local religion. Bourke was a celebrated diarist and ethnographer of the postbellum era, focusing largely on his time spent with various indigenous communities and his time as a cavalryman in the Union army. This volume is particularly notable for its lithographs, which are bright and complete, with original tissue guards present over the color plates. A gorgeous volume despite binding issues. (Howes B655; Graff 368). Fair. Item #1649