Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sacred (Manitou?) Stone & Pikiavish

"Sacred rock -- Number: 194
-- Place: Merip, Yurok village --
Date: 1902 from:,+Yurok
(there's also: "Rockpile deposited by women," " Sacred rock 193," "Sacred rock near large pepper tree -- Number: 126 -- Place: At Weitchpec," and some landscape views like this below.)

On Klamath River. North side between Kepel and Meta Date: July, 1906
I'm guessing Peter has been here (at the website); see his post, "Rock piles for pikiavish ceremony - December 09, 2008"

Pikiavish ("World Repairing") Ceremony at Inam Isivsanen Pikiavish is described in:
"Cry for luck: sacred song and speech among the Yurok, Hupa, and Karok" By Richard Keeling
 Here's the word at wiki, including the "sift sand" part of it incorporated into the Karok word:
"The first of September brings a red-letter day in the Karok ephemeris, the great Dance of Propitiation, at which all the tribe are present, together with the deputations from the Yurok, the Hupa, and others. They call it sif-san-di pik-i-a-vish…which signifies, literally, "working the earth". The object of it is to propitiate the spirits of the earth and the forest, in order to prevent disastrous landslides, forest fires, earthquakes, drought, and other calamities" (28).

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