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Hopi Animal Stories
     

Hopi Animal Stories

by Ekkehart Malotki (Editor), Barre Toelken (Introduction), Sidney Namingha, Lorena Lomatuway'ma
 

The fascinating world of the Hopis is brought to light in this original and informative collection of thirty animal tales featuring Field Mouse, Coyote the Trickster, Cicada and his flute, Medicine Man Badger, the Chipmunk Girls and the Antelope Kids, and many other manifestations of serpents, insects, and birds. These ancient folk tales are traditionally told in

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The fascinating world of the Hopis is brought to light in this original and informative collection of thirty animal tales featuring Field Mouse, Coyote the Trickster, Cicada and his flute, Medicine Man Badger, the Chipmunk Girls and the Antelope Kids, and many other manifestations of serpents, insects, and birds. These ancient folk tales are traditionally told in midwinter, when the nights are long and cold and all the crops are in. Highly entertaining, the narratives reveal attitudes toward important aspects of Hopi culture, such as courtship and relations between the sexes, friendship, courage, industry, healing, and the treatment of children.
 
Ekkehart Malotki, who compiled the original tales in the Hopi vernacular, has meticulously edited and translated the tales in this special English language edition. An introduction by the distinguished folklorist Barre Toelken examines the cultural relevance of Hopi oral literature and places the tales within a wider, comparative context.

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Multicultural Review
"These are stories of wry good humor, of wise and foolish animals and people, each with a kernel of wisdom."—Multicultural Review
Booknews
Malotki, a specialist in Hopi language at Northern Arizona U., collected these stories from four Hopi storytellers and translated them into English (the 1998 edition of this volume was bilingual). The volume contains a useful introduction by Barre Toelken (Utah State U.) that describes various aspects of Hopi folklore, including its narrative style and logic; the traditional content; the philosophy and worldview; and issues of gender, emotion, ritual, humor, shamanism, and propriety. There's a handy glossary, but no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803282711
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ekkehart Malotki is a professor of languages at Northern Arizona University. His books include Kokopelli: The Making of an Icon (Nebraska 2000).

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