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A Matter for the Field Worker in Folklore

This same skepticism concerning the face-value of folkloristic ma­ terial holds also in the matter of custom and of belief. I t is easy to point out instances. The Zufii in common with the Hopi have court­ ing stories of the suitors who offer bundles in sign of courtship. But this is not a Zufii custom. In the "Hoodwinked" Dancer story of the Kaibab Paiute, Rat sends home those of the mountain sheep and deer that he has not killed, promising to cremate their dead com­ panions at sunset; but he makes a fire to cook their meat which he has prepared. However, the Paiute never bum their dead; i t is tra­ ditional material.