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The Hopi Snake Dance has attracted many chroniclers, some of whom have been more careful and observant than others.
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The book's elegant title has always been confusing because the three ambitious essays that follow--"Indians and Entertainment," "The Dance of the Sprouting Corn," "The Hopi Snake Dance"--are about native American ceremonial dances in New Mexico.
Hyde's "supplementary note" describes the three-page essay as "an early version of 'The Hopi Snake Dance'"--which is sixteen pages long--but also acknowledges that "Just Back from the Snake Dance" is indeed "an independent creation." I believe that it's more accurate to characterize "Just Back from the Snake Dance" as an earlier, quite different response to thesnake dance rather than an earlier version of "The Hopi Snake Dance." As such, the essay should not be relegated to Appendix status.
I went to that area as well, in the '60s, and my experiences there have stayed in the back of my mind all these years--seeing the Hopi snake dance profoundly affected me--though I've never referred to them directly in my work.
First is the Hopi Snake Dance, an intensely sacred ritual that Whites originally dubbed "hideous" and "weird," and then flocked to by the thousands to witness.
A Hopi Snake Dance exhibit at Denver's Museum of Natural History