Presentation on theme: "“Prayer Spoken While Presenting an Infant to the Sun”"— Presentation transcript:
1 “Prayer Spoken While Presenting an Infant to the Sun” Emma Birky, Kaity Gaskill, Joselyn Simms
2 Background - Zuni New Mexico Discovered and named by Fray Marcos de MizaPueblo IndiansWere influenced by Catholic missionaries
3 Background Cont’d Cycle of religious ceremonies Earth Mother, Sun Father, and Moonlight-Giving MotherSun is seen as giver of lifeFriendly towards Americans, jealous of Mexicans, hate Navajo - “bitter enemies”
4 Background Cont’d Spoke Zuni, but no written literature Passed on traditions through tales, myths and legendsCulture dependant upon oral literatureMuch of culture is lost because stories have been forgottenWhat oral stories were you told as a child?
5 “Prayer Spoken While Presenting an Infant to the Sun” Reflection of times: Pre-Civil War – Civil War = many Indian tribes being forced out of land, onto reservationsThis caused death of Indian culturesImportant: Shows that culture is dying because it is one of the few stories the Zuni have left
6 “Prayer Spoken While Presenting an Infant to the Sun” Meaning of titlePrayerEight days after birth, presented infant to Sun Father
7 “Prayer Spoken While Presenting an Infant to the Sun” Symbol: passing of life from one generation to the next. Where is evidence of this?Last stanza: What happens when “your road is fulfilled”?What modern traditions reflect the Zuni culture?
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