Published for the University of Northern Arizona
by the University of Nebraska Press, 1995
"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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