Contains several kinds of information from 8 named informants, including informants, including interpretations of sand paintings, stories and legends, accounts of ceremonies, and autobiographical sketches of informants. (See also Manuscript Number 4435 which contains more of the same collected in January-June, 1939.)
Folder contents: Manuscript 3924-b Folder 1 Copy of letter of Franc J. Newcomb to M. W. Stirling, September 8, 1938. Newcomb, New Mexico. (Original not found in Bureau of American Ethnology files.) Folder 2 Informant- Ah dith don hie Autobiography of Ah dith don hie; "Female Red Ant Ceremony"; "The Red Ant Story"; photo of informant. Folder 3 Informant- Ad dith don hie List of "Medicines for the Red Ant Ceremony", "Myth belonging to the Red Ant Ceremony", Part II; pencil and crayon drawing of "Red Ant Kewthawns"; photo of informant. Folder 4 Segony Begay At "White Cone" trading-post; "Bay-e-coitsa Eka" (sand painting); "Clo-holth-nai Eka" (sand painting); "Legend of the Feather Chant"; photo of informant. Folder 5 Informant- Hatie Nez "Shaking Hand Rite", August 1938; "Star Gazing Rite"; "The Smoke Rite"; "Cactus Painting from the Navajo Wind Chant"; The Listening Ceremony"; photo of informant. Folder 6 Informant Hosteen Tsas Sand painting negative number 2457-b-28, no name, part of Night Chant; "Dancers" (sand painting), part of Yeibachi ceremony; and "Dy-ah-kahgie-Eka" (sand painting). Folder 7 Informant- Kai-tsosie "Big Star Painting". Folder 8 Informants- Klee-ni-kodie and Toh-d-chini "The Na'atoe (Nahtoie)"; short biographies of the informants; "Cleet-tso-Eka" (sand painting); "Snake People Painting"; description of 13 other sand paintings and their interpretation; photo of the informants.
Folder 9 Informant- Nahtanie Bitsees-tsoi (Yellowhair) Short biography of Yellowhair; "Legend of the Na'atoie", July 11, 1938; "The Twins" (legend and related sand painting); ten descriptions of other sand paintings; photo of the informant. Folder 10 Informant unknown "Navajo Wind Chant", explanations for sand paintings including pencil sketches of two paintings.
Photos with the following OPPS Negative numbers 748029-748034 are in this manuscript but have not been inventoried.
NAA MS 3924-b
The sand painting facsimiles referred to are USNM Catalog Numbers 377,450-377,476 (Accession Number 138,501). The Bureau of American Ethnology negative Numbers are 2457-B-1--27.
Other Archival Materials:
For the facsimiles of the sand paintings by Klah-tso, please see Manuscript 138501.