The Book of the Hopi

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In this strange and wonderful book, thirty elders of the ancient Hopi tribe of Northern Arizona -- a people who regard themselves as the first inhabitants of America -- freely reveal the Hopi worldview for the first time in written form. The Hopi kept this view a secret for countless centuries, and anthropologists have long struggled to understand it. Now they record their myths and legends, and the meaning of their religious rituals and ceremonies, as a gift to future generations. Here is a reassertion of a ...
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Overview

In this strange and wonderful book, thirty elders of the ancient Hopi tribe of Northern Arizona -- a people who regard themselves as the first inhabitants of America -- freely reveal the Hopi worldview for the first time in written form. The Hopi kept this view a secret for countless centuries, and anthropologists have long struggled to understand it. Now they record their myths and legends, and the meaning of their religious rituals and ceremonies, as a gift to future generations. Here is a reassertion of a rhythm of life we have disastrously tried to ignore and instincts we have tragically repressed; and a reminder that we must attune ourselves to the need for inner change if we are to avert a cataclysmic rupture between our minds and hearts.

In this collection thirty elders of the ancient Hopi tribe of northern Arizona reveal in written form the Hopi world-view.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780345217172
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/12/1972
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction ix
Part 1 The Myths: Creation of the Four Worlds
1. Tokpela: The First World 3
2. Tokpa: The Second World 12
3. Kuskurza: The Third World 17
4. Tuwaqachi: The Fourth World 21
5. Commentary: The Symbol of the Emergence 23
Part 2 The Legends: Migrations of the Clans
1. The Four Migrations 31
2. North to the Back Door 37
3. The Badger and the Sacred Spruce 47
4. Migrations of the Bird Clans 54
5. Wenima and the Short Rainbow 59
6. The Mysterious Red City of the South 67
7. The Journey of the Twins 72
8. The Snake and Lizard Clans 87
9. The Bow and Arrowshaft Clans 90
10. The Coyote-Swallow Race at Sikyatki 97
11. The Ancient Record 103
12. The Founding of Oraibi 109
13. Commentary: The Hopi Clan 113
Part 3 The Mystery Plays: The Ceremonial Cycle
1. Elemental Symbols 125
2. Wuwuchim 137
3. Soyal 154
4. The Kachina Night Dances 165
5. Powamu 174
6. The Road of Life 189
7. Niman Kachina 198
8. The Flute Ceremony 210
9. The Snake-Antelope Ceremony 218
10. Lakon, Marawu, and Owaqlt 231
11. The Ya Ya Ceremony 239
Part 4 The History: The Lost White Brother
1. The Coming of the Castillas 251
2. The Destruction of Awatovi 258
3. Arrival of the Americans 270
4. Westward March of Empire 278
5. The Betrayal of Lololma 286
6. A Test of Prophecy 293
7. The Split at Oraibi 301
8. The Imprisonment of Yukioma 307
9. The Indian Reorganization Act 314
10. The Flag Still Flies 322
11. Recommendations and Prophecies 329
Hopi Alphabet 339
Glossary 340
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