Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon — Qagyuhl

Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon — Qagyuhl

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From Edward Curtis’ Field Notes:

“It is thought that an eclipse is the result of an attempt of some creature in the sky to swallow the luminary. In order to compel the monster to disgorge it, the people dance round a smoldering fire of old clothing and hair, the stench of which, rising to his nostrils, is expected to cause him to sneeze and disgorge the moon.” – Edward Curtis

The North American Indian, Volume 10, The Kwakiutl, 1915. Portfolio plate no. 355.

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