This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 Excerpt: ...working of them, as towards the Spaniards, is instructive. Benavides is probably the first who has given a clear notice of these strained relations. He says (Memorial, p. 34). "Es costumbre general entre todos los Indios infieles, recibir al principio muy wielded over the social public as well as private life of their tribes was larger than it is to-day, for it had full sway over the imagination of the people. Among its leading exterior tokens were the numerous dances which occupied part of the time of the public, and many of which are easily recognized as still practised now. Thus Antonio de Espejo describes a festival at Acoma during which live snakes were handled by the dancers, after the manner of the snake dance that is still danced among the Moquis.1 Several other performances of a similar nature are occasionally described,2 although, on the bien al religioso en sus pueblos, y reduzirse luego al bautismo, y viendo quando les catequizan, que han de dexar sus idolatrías, y hechizerías, sientenlo tanto los hechizeros, que inquietan á todos, y los diuierten, para que no sean Christianos, y no solo esto, sino que echen al religion ó del pueblo, y sino que le maten." In these performances of witchcraft, poison was not unfrequently employed against the Spaniards, as well as against the missionaries. I shall have to treat of these facts at length in the next section of the present Report, and therefore limit myself to one single quotation in regard to the existence of sorcerers among the Pueblos at the time of Oñate. Villagran, Historia (canto xv. fol. 139): "Y en sus prestigiosos hechizeros, Idólatras perdidos." 1 It is with no small personal gratification that I quote here as old an eyewitness as Antonio de ...
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