are a Native American
tribe, one of the Pueblo peoples, who live in the Pueblo of Zuni
on the Zuni River, a tributary of the Little Colorado River, in western New Mexico
. Zuni is 55 km (35 miles) south of Gallup, New Mexico and has a population of about 6000, nearly all Native Americans. archeological evidence
shows they have lived in their present location for about 1300 years. Zuni speak the Zuni language, a unique language which is unrelated to the languages of the other Pueblo peoples. The Zuni continue to practice their traditional shamanistic religion
with its regular ceremonies
The Zuni were and are a peaceful, deeply traditional people who lived by irrigated agriculture and now by the sale of traditional crafts. Their location is relatively isolated, but they welcome tourists. Carved stone animal fetishes, jewelry, needlepoint, and pottery are popular items.
There is an old Spanish mission, Our Lady of Guadaloupe Mission, which is a popular attraction and a tribal museum, A:shiwi A:wan Museum & Heritage Center - Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zuni Tribal Fair and Rodeo is held the third weekend in August. The Zuni participate in the Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial .
A recent controversy involving Zuni is the proposed development of a coal mine near the Zuni Salt Lake a site considered sacred by the Zuni although off their reservation. The mine will involve extraction of water from the aquifer feeding the lake as well as construction between the lake and Zuni , .
Previous to the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 the Zuni lived in six different villages. After the revolt, until 1692, they took refuge in a defensible position atop Dowa Yalanne, a steep mesa 5 km. (2 miles) south east of the present Pueblo of Zuni. After the establishment of peace and the return of the Spanish the Zuni relocated in their present location, only briefly returning to the mesa top in 1703.
The Zuni like other Pueblo peoples are believed to be the descendants of the Anasazi who lived in the Desert Southwest of New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Colorado and Utah for a thousand years.
Frank Hamilton Cushing a pioneering anthropologist associated with the Smithsonian Institute lived with the Zuni from 1879 to 1884. He was one of the first participant observors and an ethnologist.
Books on Zuni by Frank Cushing
- Jesse Green, Sharon Weiner Green and Frank Hamilton Cushing, Cushing at Zuni: The Correspondence and Journals of Frank Hamilton Cushing, 1879-1884, University of New Mexico Press, 1990, hardcover ISBN 0826311725
- Sylvester Baxter and Frank H. Cushing, My Adventurers in Zuni: Including Father of The Pueblos & An Aboriginal Pilgrimage, Filter Press, LLC, 1999, paperback, 1999, 79 pages, ISBN 0865410453
- Frank H. Cushing, My Adventures in Zuni, Pamphlet, ISBN 1121395511
- Frank Hamilton Cushing and Barton Wright, The mythic world of the Zuni, University of New Mexico Press, 1992, hardcover, ISBN 0826310362
- Frank H. Cushing, Zuni Coyote Tales, University of Arizona Press, 1998, paperback, 104 pages, ISBN 0816518920
- Frank Hamilton Cushing, Zuni Fetishes, pamphlet, ISBN 119917971x and ISBN 1122267045
- Frank H. Cushing, designed by K. C. DenDooven, photographed by Bruce Hucko, Annotations by Mark Bahti, Zuni Fetishes, KC Publications, 1999, paperback, 48 pages, ISBN 0887141447
- Frank Hamilton Cushing, Zuni Fetishes Facsimile, pamphlet, ISBN 1125285001
- Frank Hamilton Cushing, Zuni Folk Tales, hardcover, ISBN 1125914106 (expensive if you search by ISBN, try ABE for older used copies without ISBN)
- Frank Hamilton Cushing, Zuni Folk Tales, University of Arizona Press, 1999, trade paperback, ISBN 0816509867 (reasonably priced)
- Frank H. Cushing, edited by Jesse Green, foreword by Fred Eggan, Introduction by Jesse Green, Zuni: Selected Writings of Frank Hamilton Cushing University of Nebraska Press, 1978, hardcover, 440 pages, ISBN: 0-8032-2100-2; trade paperback, 1979, 449 pages, ISBN 0803270070
- Adapted from the Internet-Encyclopedia article, "Zuni" http://www.internet-encyclopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Zuni July 24, 2003, updated August 30, 2003
- Archaeologies of the Pueblo Revolt: Identity,Meaning, and Renewal in the Pueblo World, edited by Robert W. Preucel, University of New Mexico Press, 2002, hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN 0-8263-2247-6