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The purpose of this paper is to supplement what the author has already attempted to express in terms of paint. Therein he gives a personal interpretation of four Pueblo Indian Corn Dances; here he presents such factual data and explanation as he feels pertinent to his emotional appreciation of the dances. It is perhaps equally important to state not only what is the intent in this paper but also what is not intended. The writer does not attempt to give an exhaustive treatment of the subject-- geographical, ethnological, or archaeological. As any student of Indian culture knows it would be most inadvisable for a student in the field of art to undertake a thorough treatment of these Indian dances. In the first place the average art student lacks the necessary background in anthropological studies. Moreover, such a task, because of its immensity, would be essayed by few even of the best anthropologists. And last, for an artist, painted expression is more natural than words.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Edwin Todd

Second Committee Member

James Frederick O'Hara

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Willard Williams Hill