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THE WILLIAflS NEWS THE MOQUI SNAKE DANCE. A Description of the Unique Affair by Dr. A. Tyroler. To one not familiar with the country, the jiro?ects of a trip across the Painted tletert north of the little Colorado river, are not very alluring. But the pight-seer who was fortunate enough to choose thia year for visiting the Moqui Pueblos was pleasantly diapiKint- tl, as far as heat, sand and other discomforts of camp life in north ern Arizona are concerned. Of the several routes to Moqui-land, none are lietter than the Hoi brook road. Leaving Holbrook in the morning, the first night is 8ent at Bittahoo chee, an Indian trading post; the second night at K cam's canyon, at both of which places hay and grain can be procured, thus doing away with loading the wagon at the start. From Keam's canyon to the First Mesa is a three hours' drive. Passing through the Navajo country, with its isolated huts, scattered patches of corn and rov ing flocks of sheep and goats owned by the nomadic Navajo, the scene shifts rapidly as the traveler ap proaches the land of the Moquis. Surrounding the high white sandstone mesa on which are lo cated Wolpi, Sichomavi and llano, are acres of fertile land covered with corn, melons and eacli trees. There is no water or vegetation on the mesa, and the narrow trails are traversed by the men and women who carry water, wood and all the necessaries of life from the fertile valleys surrounding. The Motpuis are a cheerful, indus trious, home-loving ieole, and from one year's end to the other there is a succession of dances and cert-monies which serve to make their life anything but dull and un interesting. Chief among these are the Snake dance and Antelope dan-e, semi religious ceremonies held every two years. In odd years at Wolpi and Mishonginivi, on even years at Oraibi, Shijaulovi and Shungopa vi, the visitor has ample opportunity to witness the wierd ceremonies. Four days I x1 fore the Snake dance, which is the termination of a nine days' ceremonj-, half-clad Moqui snake priests, armed with hoes, had gone to the north, south, east and west in search of reptiles to le used in the dance. As these are brought in they are taken to the snake kiva, an underground room, entered by a. ladder through an opening in the top. Here secret ceremonies are held, none but a few fortunate outsiders ever having witnessed them. A gentleman who was allowed to enter the kiva at Mishonginivi, descrilted it to me as a room alout twelve by eighteen feet, fitted up with an altar, the place decorated in true Indian style, and an indiscriminate heap of rattlesnakes and harmless rep tiles kept in one corner of the room. Two or three of the younger mem bers of the snake order were herd ing the snakes, caressing them with "snake whips" of eagle feath ers, and handling them more or less carelessly, to accustom them to their new surroundings. The cere mony of washing the snakes was, to him, particularly fascinating and impressive. Several of the priests sat about a bowl of liquid amid prayers, songs, chants and the noise of the rattles in the hands of the remaining priests, taking a snake in each hand and beating time to the so-called music, they plunged the heads of the snakes in the liquid and then threw them forcibly on the sand mosaic in an other part of the room, where other snake priests kept them from coil ing or gliding away. This was re peated until all the snakes were washed. They were then placed in a jar to be kept in readiness for the final public ceremony. There were about one hundred and fifty visitors to the Snake dance at Wolpi this year, and the intermingling of the tourists, scien tists, kinetoscope ieople, camera fiends, Navajo visitors, and the Moquis in gala attire, made a pic ture never to le forgotten. As the plaza, where the dance takes place, is none too large for the ceremony, the visitors perched themselves on the terrac-ed stone houses adjoining the plaza, and amused themselves throwing candy to the Moqui child ren and watching the everchanging scene, until the" sun was sinking in the west. Finally, all eyes were turned to ward the snake kiva, from which emerged two snake priests carrying a bag filled with the snakes. This they deposited in the kisi.a bundle of Cottonwood limlie about ten feet high, tied together and placed at the north of the plaza, and then they returned to the kiva. Several minutes elapsed, and what was before a jolly, laughing crowd of sjtectators, changed to a quiet, expectant, eager audience. 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