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The Passing of the Old Ceremonial Dances of the Southern California Indians


There are two items of interest in this installment of Lost and Found. The first is an empathetic and rather evocative article describing the mourning rituals surrounding the death of Cinon Duro of Mesa Grande almost a century ago. An abbreviated version of this article was published anonymously in the Washington Post on October 20,1907, and later reprinted by Robert Heizer in a collection entitled Some Last Century Accounts of the Indians of Southern California (Ballena Press, 1976). The longer, more detailed version reprinted here originally appeared in the Southern Workman, Vol 37, No. 10, pp. 527-538 (Oct. 1908). Unfortunately, six photographs that originally accompanied the article could not be adequately reproduced and have been deleted.

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