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The Short, Swift Time of Gods on Earth: The Hohokam Chronicles

Donald Bahr, Juan Smith, and William Smith Allison


In the spring of 1935, at Snaketown, Arizona, two Pima Indians recounted and translated their entire traditional creation narrative. Juan Smith, reputedly the last tribesman with extensive knowledge of the Pima version of this story, spoke and sang while William Smith Allison translated into English and Julian Hayden, an archaeologist, recorded Allison's words verbatim. The resulting document, the “Hohokam Chronicles,” is the most complete natively articulated Pima creation narrative ever written and a rare example of a single-narrator myth. Now this work, composed of thirty-six separate stori ... More

Keywords: Snaketown, Arizona, Pima Indians, Juan Smith, William Smith Allison, Julian Hayden, Hohokam Chronicles, Siuuhu, Papagos, Tohono O'odham

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780520084674
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520084674.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Bahr, author

Juan Smith, author

William Smith Allison, author