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Z3o rrom tie Collection or Mrs. I. A . Hall Snake Priest's Wand Distracts the "Elder Brother" Held in Dancer's Mouth Rain often follows this ritual; joyful Hopi catch it in pans. Man on left wears a Navajo woman's necklaces. Cameras are no longer allowed at snake dances. This old picture is very rare (page 235). tecting their religion and privacy, ban pho tography at sacred ceremonies. Kachinas shown in the accompanying Koda chromes were photographed under privileged conditions. I gave a solemn promise not to release the pictures for 15 years, now passed, and not to name any individual, tribe, or village. I have never taken an Indian's pic ture without permission. We Could Learn from Hopi Way Theoretically, the United States Constitu tion protects the Indian's right to his faith. Though the Kachina dances may seem bar baric and pagan to the random visitor, they are in reality part of a pure religion-visible prayers in motion. Without these expressions of faith, the Pueblo would lose their identity. The Hopi Way deserves our profound re spect. From the calm and peaceful Indian we can learn much about the things that are free-laughter and happiness, inner discipline, and the enjoyment of sunlight on vast spaces and starlight on rooftops. For additional information on the Pueblo peoples, prehistoric and modern, see, in the NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde," by Don Watson, September, 1948; "Adobe New Mexico," by Mason Sutherland, December, 1949; "New Mexico Melodrama," by Frederick Simpich, May, 1938; "Everyday Life in Pueblo Bonito," by Neil M. Judd, and "Exploring in the Canyon of Death," by Earl H. Morris, both September, 1925. Also see the color-illustrated volume, National Geo graphic on Indians of the Americas, National Geo graphic Society, Washington 6, D. C., 1955.