Born A Chief


'Born A Chief' records the boyhood of Edmund Nequatewa, born around 1880 and designated to be a hereditary society chief in the village of Shipaulovi on Second Mesa.
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'Born A Chief' records the boyhood of Edmund Nequatewa, born around 1880 and designated to be a hereditary society chief in the village of Shipaulovi on Second Mesa.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Anthropological linguist Seaman (co-editor of Havasupai Habitat , by his mentor Alfred Whiting) brings to light one of the very few authentic autobiographical accounts by a Hopi. Originally recorded by Whiting 50 years ago, the book details the life of Nequatewa from his childhood until the evening in his early 20s when he believes he became a man. Born around 1880 on the Hopi reservation in northern Arizona into a family of hereditary chiefs, Nequatewa had experiences that were, in many ways, typical of the best and brightest Native youths of the period. He lived a traditional early life, learning Hopi tribal ways from his family (he depicts the importance of religious practice among the tribe lovingly and vividly). He was sent away to boarding school in Phoenix but rebelled against the institution's attempts to assimilate Native youths and its regimen of harsh discipline. His schooling finished, he returned to the reservation. Whiting and Seaman have been careful to preserve Nequatewa's original voice, with its faulty English grammar and rough edges. Often rambling, the account is filled with digressions. This is an important addition to Native American studies. Photos not seen by PW. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816513543
  • Publisher: University of Arizona Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1993
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Kachina 3
2 Born a Chief 13
3 Growing and Building in Mishongnovi 19
4 Initiation at Shipaulovi 28
5 Life at Shipaulovi 34
6 More Moves Between Villages 56
7 Experiencing Hopi Beliefs 63
8 At Keams Canyon School 82
9 School in Phoenix 110
10 The Runaways 125
11 The Scholar Returns Home 153
12 The Boy Becomes a Man 164
Reference Materials
Bibliography 179
Index 189
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