Religion: The Return of the Gods

In the big New Mexico pueblo of the Zuñis, largest of all the Indian pueblos, met the chiefs of the six clans. The matter before them was of great solemnity: How did the Zuñi gods chance to be residing in a white man's kiva, and what were the white boys doing with them?

The white boys were members of the famed Koshare troop of Boy Scouts in La Junta, Colo. Founded in 1933 by a railroad contractor named Buck Burshears, the Koshares (Pueblo Indian for clowns) have made a specialty of re-creating Indian dances, faithful to the last feather and as accurately...

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