Corn Grinding Dance Woodcraft




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Before the beginning of the dance, the metates (grinding stones) have been put in place in a row, one for each maiden.

(a) They walk in, basket under left arm, brush in right hand i 2 meas.

(b) Each maid, now in front of her metate, raises head to the

Great Spirit 3 meas.

(c) Kneel in place 3 meas.

(d) Place brush to right, basket to left 4 meas.

(e) Squat back on heels, hands relaxed, look lovingly at metate

5 meas.

( f ) Grind in rhythm

(This completes one rendition of the song)

(g) In rhythm, sweep corn into the baskets

(h) Stand with basket in both hands

(i) Feet together, raise basket to Great Spirit

(j) Lower basket toward Maka hza (Mother Earth) 4 meas.

(k) Pivot to right, throwing pinch of corn to each of the four winds (l) Encircle metate with step No. 2 i (This completes the second rendition of song) (m) Face right, and skim (step No. 39) away from znetate 5 meas.

(n) About face, and skim back to nietate 5 meas.

(o) Hold baskets high, all close together 2 meas.

(p) Pivot to right 3 meas.

(q) Pivot to left 3 meas.

(r) String out into one line as in beginning 4 meas.

(s) Hold basket high 5 meas.

(t) Walk off in rhythm 14 meas.

(This completes the third rendition of the song)

14 meas.

8 meas.

4 meas.

6 meas.

5 meas. 14 meas


The English translation of the song given by Natalie Curtis is as follows

Oh, my lovely mountain, To'yallane!

Oh, my lovely mountain, To'yallane ! To'yallane!

High up in the sky, See the Rain Makers seated,

Hither come the rain clouds now, He-ya, he-ya, he-ya!

Behold, yonder All will soon be abloom, Where the flowers spring,

Tall shall grow the youthful corn-plants!

See Also:

The Grinding Song of the Zuni

Green Corn Dance of Santo Domingo 

Rhythm of the Redman






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Arrow Dance of the Navaho ] Basket Dance of Cochiti ] Basket Dance of Woodcraft ] Bow & Arrow Dance of Jemez ] Bow & Arrow Dance Woodcraft ] Comanche Dance of Woodcraft ] Comanche Dance of Zuni ] 2nd Comanche Dance of Zunis ] [ Corn Grinding Dance Woodcraft ] Corn Grinding Song of Zuni ] Coyote Dance of Woodcraft ] Dance of the Mudheads at Zuni ] Deer Dance of the Navahos ] Deer Dance of San Juan ] Dog Dance of San Juan ] Dog Dance of Woodcraft ] Doll Dance ] Eagle Dance of Tesuque ] Eagle Dance of Woodcraft ] Green Corn of Santo Domingo ] Harvest Dance of Zuni ] Hoop Dance of Taos ] Hoop Dance of Woodcraft ] Hopi Snake Dance ] Mountain Chant of the Navaho ] Pipe Dance of San Juan ] Rain Dance of Zuni ] Yei-Be-Chi ]

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