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An underground or partly underground chamber in a Pueblo village, used by the men especially for ceremonies or councils.

[Hopi kíva.]
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(Anthropology & Ethnology) a large underground or partly underground room in a Pueblo Indian village, used chiefly for religious ceremonies
[from Hopi]
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(ˈki və)

n., pl. -vas.
a large chamber in a Pueblo Indian village, often wholly or partly underground, used for religious ceremonies and other purposes.
[1870–75, Amer.; < Hopi]
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- In Native American Pueblo practices, an underground chamber used by the males for religious rites.
See also related terms for males.
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He chose the name because Kivas are the underground religious rooms mainly used by Pueblos and other Southwest American Indians, and because he liked the sound of it.
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Although the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and eastern Arizona long suffered religious persecution by Christian zealots, they were never driven from their homelands as many Native Americans were--never forced to abandon their traditional style of town, with its dance plazas and sacred kivas (ceremonial structures) which are integral to their religion.
Or just drop by and ask for directions to the Sand Canyon Pueblo site, where you'll see participants slowly uncovering a vast 13th-century complex of over 400 rooms, kivas, and towers.
Author, photographer, and art educator Bruce Hucko, writing in the first persom complemented by interviews with numerous children from the six Tewa-speaking pueblos of the Southwest, transports us into a world of ancestral traditions, ceremonies, symbols, dances, kivas, and pueblo life.
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