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Alfonso Ortiz Collection of Native American Oral Literature

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.