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Sacred Rock and Kisi, Walpi, Arizona

Artist:
Adam Clark Vroman (American, La Salle, Illinois 1856–1916 Altadena, California)
Date:
ca. 1897
Medium:
Collodion print from glass negative
Dimensions:
15.2 x 20.3 cm. (6 x 8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990
Accession Number:
1990.1084.1
Not on view
Inscription: Inscribed in ink on mount, recto LL to LR: "Around Moqui Towns. Sacred Rock, Kisi, and Estutas, (From South)"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso LL: "#1314"
Purchased, Sotheby's lot 64, Graham Nash Collection, 25 April 1990.

A Kisi is a kind of enclosure made of cottonwood boughs and long reeds capable of concealing a man. It is used in the Snake Ceremony of the Hopis. Walpi is a Hopi pueblo cliff dwelling, one of two sites in the 1890s where the sacred snake dance was held. The other pueblo is Otaibi.
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