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The study of Hopi, or Moqui, singing, to which this volume is devoted, completes an inquiry into Pueblo music begun in 1891 with a study of Zuni Melodies.1 The records upon which both investigations have been based were obtained in Arizona by Dr. J. Walter Fewkes, now of the Bureau of Ethnology, Washington, at the time in charge
1 Published in vol. i of A Journal of American Archaeology and Ethnology, Boston, 1891. Review by C. Stumpf in the Vierteljahrsschrift fur Musikwissen-schaft, 1892, Heft 1, under the title, " Phc~ nographirte Indianermelodien." Among the chief sources of information regarding aboriginal American music are the follow­ing: Theodore Baker, DieMusik der nord-amerikanischen Wilden (Leipzig, 1882) ; C. Stumpf, " Lieder der Bellakula Indi-aner ( Vierteljahrsschrift fur Musikwis-senschaft, 1886, Heft 4) ; Franz Boas, " The Central Esquimo " (Bureau of Eth­nology, 6th Annual Report, 1888) ; Miss Alice C. Fletcher, " A Study of Omaha Indian Music," with a report on the struc­tural peculiarities of the music by J. C. Fillmore (Archaeological and Ethnologi­cal Papers of the Peabody Museum, i, 5, Cambridge, Mass., 1893); Franz Boas, "The Kwakiutl Indians " (United States National Museum, Report for 1895) ; Miss Alice C. Fletcher, " The Hako: A Pawnee Ceremony " (Bureau of American Ethnology, 22d Report, Part 2, Wash­ington, 1903); O. Abraham and E. M. von Hornbostel, " Phonographirte Indianer­melodien aus British Columbia" (Boas Memorial Volume, New York, 1906); Natalie Curtis, The Indian's Book, New York, 1907.
The Hopi and other Pueblo tribes of the southwestern United States are the sub-
ject of papers contributed by J. Walter Fewkes, J. G. Owen, F. H. Cashing, A. F. Bandelier, H. F. C. ten Kate, V. Mindeleff, G. A. Dorsey, H. R. Voth, and others to the Journal of American Archaeology and Ethnology, issued under Dr. Fewkes's editorship, 1891-94, to the American An­thropologist, and the Journal of American Folk-Lore, and to the publications of the Bureau of American Ethnology, the Smith­sonian Institution, the National Museum, the Field Museum (Anthropological Se­ries), and the Archaeological Institute of America (American Series), as well as to other publications mentioned in the biblio­graphical list at the close of this volume. Many of these papers are abundantly illus­trated. The reproductions of photographs in the " Study of Pueblo Architecture " contributed by V. Mindeleff to the Eighth Annual Report of the Bureau of Eth­nology, 1886-87, show the country and the villages of the Hopi; and those in the papers of G. A. Dorsey and H. R. Voth of the Field Museum, the people themselves and their ceremonial life. Vol. iii of this series contains striking illustra­tions of the kiva ceremonies of the Snake and Antelope Fraternities at the Pueblo of Oraibe, and describes the singing of the eight traditional songs, of which the present notations give six from the cor­responding ceremonial at the Pueblo of Walpi, as the most beautiful incident
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