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Dead medium: Hopi town criers
From: (Eric Mankin)
Source(s): "The Bedbugs' Night Dance and other Hopi Sexual Tales," Collected, translated and edited by Ekkehard

Published for the University of Northern Arizona

by the University of Nebraska Press, 1995

page 367.

"In the past when a Hopi wished to inform his fellow

villagers of certain things, he would petition someone to

make a public announcement on his behalf. At other times,

a formal announcement could be made by the tsa'akmongwi,

or official 'village crier.'

"To broadcast his message,the crier always climbed on

a rooftop. The opening formula of his announcement usually

sounded as follows: 'Those of you people out there heed my

words.' The conclusion was equally formalized: 'This is

the announcement I was instructed to make known to you.

That's about it.' Whenever the crier shouted out his

announcement, he typically drew out the last word of each


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