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- Órtiz, Alfonso, 1939-1997
- Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
- Alfonso Ortiz Collection of Native American Oral Literature
- Manuscripts Division
- Permanent URL:
- 1 box and 0.4 linear feet
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
- Central American Indian languages
Consists of phonotapes of approximately fifty-five hours duration made primarily at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, by anthropologist Alfonso Ortiz to help preserve the language and the culture, and to perpetuate the oral tradition, of the Tewa-speaking Pueblo.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of ten phonotapes of approximately fifty-five hours duration made primarily at San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico, by Ortiz to help preserve the language and the culture and to perpetuate the oral tradition of the Indian tribe. The tapes contain myths, folktales, prayers, speeches, chants including dance songs, the Mattachines song series, the butterfly ceremony, and the ceremony of man, and discussions with tribal elders about ritual initiations and religious societies of the Tewa-speaking Pueblo.
- Collection Creator Biography:
Alfonso Ortiz was born in San Juan Pueblo in New Mexico. Fluent in Tewa, Ortiz studied sociology at the University of New Mexico and anthropology at the University of Chicago, earning his Ph.D. in 1967. Ortiz's anthropological work was concerned primarily with the history and culture of the American Indians of the southwest.
Purchase, 1968 (AM 19374).
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information:
Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
For preservation reasons, playback of original audio and visual media in a variety of magnetic and optic formats is generally restricted. Patrons may request digital copies of original media, but will be responsible for the cost of digital conversion, payable in advance. Depending on the nature of the media, this process can take several months.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Alfonso Ortiz Collection of Native American Oral Literature; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Butterfly dance.
Folklore -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Dance.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Folklore.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Music.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Religion and mythology.
Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Rites and ceremony.
Initiation rites -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo.
Oral tradition -- New Mexico -- San Juan Pueblo.
Pueblo Indians -- Oral histories.
Pueblo Indians -- Religion and mythology.
Tewa Indians -- Oral histories.
Tewa Indians -- Religion and mythology.
- Genre Terms:
- Audiotapes -- 20th century.
- San Juan Pueblo (N.M.) -- Religious life and customs.
San Juan Pueblo (N.M.) -- Social life and customs.