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Title Through the Sipapu: A Canyonlands Phantasy
Subject Indians of North America; Spiritualism; Fantasy
Description Fictional story of creation and the afterlife as seen by Native Americans of Utah.
Creator Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb (1907-1992)
Publisher Baker, Pearl Biddlecomb
Date Digital 2004-07-09
Date 1986
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier 130.xml
Source Original booklet: Through the Sipapu: A Canyonlands Phantasy
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2004, Green River Public Library. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution Green River Public Library, 85 South Long St., Green River, UT 84525
Source Physical Dimensions 60 leaves ; 28 cm.
Scanning Technician Nima Rakhsha
Metadata Cataloger Denice Hoffman
ARK ark:/87278/s6xs5v8n
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2005-03-18
ID 317792
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Description Baker Sipapu 9 He noticed that a group of workers filed out of the kiva in the north end of the cave, and from the simple tools they carried, he deduced they were farmers, raising crops in the valley, using the small stream for irrigation. In the afternoon, a few children, eight or ten, came out and were tended by a couple of older girls. For an hour or so they splashed in the pool, and played under the waterfall, then were taken back into the kiva. Because he had been raised among the Indians, Bob knew a great deal about their beliefs. He knew they always said they had come up through the sipapu in the bottom of the kiva to inhabit the earth, and he had seen the sipapus in the floors of kivas, rectangles about eighteen inches long and four inches wide carved a few inches into the floor of the kiva. These indentations were always kept clean, and the Indians said they often communicated with.the Spirit World through them. Bob decided that this was a clan just emerging, and probably were raising crops and storing food in the caves below for their final emergence, the next spring This large cave was ceremonial, and they treated it as holy ground, never disturbing a grain of sand in it. Bob guessed shrewdly that the clan went back to the Spirit World through the sipapu every night. One day he was so overcome with Rain's attractiveness, he reached out to pull her roughly into his arms as he had done with girls always. He grasped her arm, and the Weaver
Format application/pdf
Identifier 014_GRL_SIPAPU_PAGE9.JPG
Source Original booklet: Pearl Baker: Interviewed by John McFarlane
Setname gr_pbb
Date Created 2005-03-18
Date Modified 2021-05-06
ID 317740
Reference URL