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Impearls: HIC 5.06: Rites at Panamenik and Inam

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Earthdate 2005-11-12

Rites at Panamenik and Inam   by A. L. Kroeber

At Orleans the course of the ceremony is similar.  Its central feature, the kindling of a fire which may not be looked at, is called wilela'o by the Yurok.  Whether there is anything corresponding to the yuhpit is not known.  Elements of this kind are often local among the northwestern tribes.  There is some doubt whether the ceremony begins in the Panamenik or Tachanak sweat house.  The dance is at Chamikininich, concluding at a spot on the opposite western shore called Tishanishunukich.

Of the Inam ceremony nothing is known except that it is called irahivi.  It and the two foregoing esoteric rites, as well as public dances, are said to have been instituted by the same ikhareya or ancient spirit as he traveled downstream.  The formulas are, however, distinct, although no doubt of similar tenor.



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