Ahoppa Awan Tewa

Ahoppa Awan Tewa—Zuñi celebration held towards the end of October (the name means “the dead their day”). Food for the dead is thrown on the house fire or carried to a “wide ditch” on the riverside. At nightfall, boys go about town in groups; at each door – step they make the sign of the cross and say a Mexican prayer, or polasenya. In return, the boys are given presents of bread or meat. The Zuñi believe this day is completely a Zuñi tradition.


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