The current day Zuni are a Federally recognized tribe and most live in the Pueblo of Zuni on the Zuni River, a tributary of the Little Colorado River, in western New Mexico, United States.
Archeologists believe Zuni history began well before 2500 B.C. when the tribe moved into the Southwest as big game hunters. Between 2500 B.C. and 700 A.D. the Zuni Indians made their first attempts at agriculture and hunted smaller game.
In 1540, the first Spanish explorers led by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado encountered the Zuni Indians living in six or seven large pueblos along the banks of the Zuni River, of which, all are in ruins today.
1: a member of an American Indian people of western New Mexico. 2: the language of the Zuni people.
Although some Zuni have converted to Catholic and Protestant faiths—including Mormonism —the Zuni religion remains so dominant in the pueblo that several members of the tribe told me that despite having elected officials, they feel they live in a theocracy controlled by priests.
Since the early 19th century the Zuni have been known for making silver and turquoise jewelry, baskets, beadwork, animal fetishes, and pottery, all of very high quality. Many Zuni have chosen to adopt only some parts of modern American life and to maintain much of their traditional culture.
The Zunis were expert farming people. They raised crops of corn, beans, and squash, as well as cotton and tobacco. Zuni men also hunted deer, antelope, and small game, while women gathered nuts, fruits, and herbs.
They only wore breechcloths or short kilts. The Zuni women wore kneelength cotton dresses called mantas. A manta secured at a women’s right shoulder, leaving her left shoulder uncovered.
The Zuni have been known for making turquoise and silver jewelry, beadworks, baskets, and pottery. Pottery played a vital role in the Zuni community.
The Zuni (Zuñi) River is a tributary of the Little Colorado River in the southwestern United States. It has its origin in Cibola County, New Mexico, in the Zuñi Mountains at the Continental Divide. Zuni River.
|• elevation||5,407 ft (1,648 m)|
|Basin size||1,300 sq mi (3,400 km2)|
Zuni Jewelry. The Zuni jewelry makers are known primarily for their intricate stonework designs. Stones for these pieces are cut down and shaped for placement in precise and intricate designs. The main styles of Zuni jewelry are Clusterwork, Needlepoint, Petit Point and Inlay.
The principal known Indian peoples who farmed extensively on the Great Plains when first discovered by European explorers were, from south to north, Caddoans in the Red River drainage, Wichita people along the Arkansas River, Pawnee in the Kansas River and Platte River drainages, and the Arikara, Mandan, and Hidatsa
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Settlers in the Zuni territory, Davis says, were an amalgam of Japanese, Anasazi and A:shiwi — the name the Zuni give themselves. Evidence she has collected to support her theory includes language, religion and crafts with roots in Japanese tradition but distinctive from other Native American cultures.
A game of shuttlecock, sometimes played with a wooden battledoor, is common among the tribes on the Northwest coast. The Zuni play with shuttlecocks made of corn husks, stuck with feathers, batted with the hand, and a similar object was found in a pre-European cliff-dwelling in the Canyon de Chelly.