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Noqoìlpi, the Gambler, a Navajo Myth

By Matthews, Washington

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Title: Noqoìlpi, the Gambler, a Navajo Myth  
Author: Matthews, Washington
Volume: Volume II
Language: English
Subject: Sacred Texts, Native American, Navajo
Collections: Classic Sacred Texts
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Publisher: Sacred Text


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Description: In the cañon of the Chaco, in northern New Mexico, there are many ruins of ancient pueblos which are still in a fair state of preservation, in some of them entire apartments being yet, it is said, intact. One of the largest of these is called by the Navajos Kintyèl or Kintyèli, which signifies Broad-house. It figures frequently in their legends and is the scene of a very interesting rite-myth, which I have in my collection. I have reason to believe that this pueblo is identical with that seen and described in 1849 by Lieut. J. H. Simpson, U. S. A.,2 under the name of Pueblo Chettro Kettle. Although his guide translated this Rain Pueblo, it seems more probably a corruption of the Navajo Tseçqa or Tceçga (English Chethra) Kintyèl, or Broad House among the Cliffs, -- i.e., in the cañon. This story of Noqoìlpi was not related to me as a separate tale, but as a part of the great creation and migration legend of the Navajos. When the wandering Navajos arrived at Kintyèl, this great pueblo was in process of building, but was not finished. The way it came to be built was this


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