The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 31, July 1927 - April, 1928 Page: 52
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
guage to the two coneseses and when they have finished and start
out at the door they bleat like goats that are following close after
the herd. Once Father Fray Antonio Bordoi went into the house
of sacrifice to see the coneneses to find out what they were. The
priest objected and declared that he would certainly die. But
the father went in and found a little box with packages. But he
did not see any children. Into the fire which the Indians keep
burning in their houses they throw a great amount of fat, offering
it to the "Great Captain." After their crops are matured all the
Indians gather in the house and patio of their captain to hold
their feasts. Those who are to dance come out of a house near
the captain's. It is a little straw hut they build for the occasion.
Twelve old men come out of it to dance, all having tufts or
plumes. They advance singing in a strange tongue which the
people do not understand. These twelve old men stay in the
little straw hut as long as the feast lasts. There they go through
their ceremonies, say their prayers, and drink a tea [cacina] like
that commonly used in Florida. This I saw. Every evening these
same twelve old men come to the patio of the captain's house,
singing these same songs in a strange tongue. One follows exactly
behind the other and immediately form a circle. There they hold
three dances during these days and there are no more during the
rest of the year. The Indians have the doors of all their houses
toward the east. I heard them tell the soldiers on this occasion
they did this because it never blows from that side, I do not under-
stand the mystery. When they kill a deer they never cut it up
until the priest of the pueblo arrives. He cuts it up. The In-
dians had rather lose it than to cut it open before their priest
arrives. He cuts it up, selects the portion belonging to his priestly
office, and it is sent to him. The same thing is done in the case
of their crops of corn and beans. Each one and each family gives
a portion of everything to the high priest."
'Documents concerning work of Fray Francisco Hidalgo among the
Texas Indians, 1705-1716, pp. 10-12. Photostats, University of Texas.
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