The Book of the Hopi

The Book of the Hopi

by Frank Waters


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ISBN-13: 9780140045277
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/28/1977
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 236,921
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Frank Waters (1902–1995) was a writer best known for his novels and historical writings about the American Southwest. His most notable works are the novel The Man Who Killed the Deer, and the nonfiction books Mexico Mystique: The Coming Sixth World of Consciousness and Book of the Hopi. In 1993, a nonprofit foundation was established in his name to foster literary and artistic achievements in the Southwest.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Frederick H. Howell
Part One. The Myths: Creation of the Four Worlds
1. Tokpela: The First World
2. Tokpa: The Second World
3. Kuskurza: The Third World
4. Túwaqachi: The Fourth World
5. Commentary: The Symbol of the Emergence

Part Two. The Legends: Migrations of the Clans
1. The Four Migrations
2. North to the Back Door
3. The Badger and the Sacred Spruce
4. Migrations of the Bird Clans
5. Wénima and the Short Rainbow
6. The Mysterious Red City of the South
7. The Journey of the Twins
8. The Snake and Lizard Clans
9. The Bow and Arrowshaft Clans
10. The Coyote-Swallow Race at Sikyatki
11. The Ancient Record
12. The Founding of Oraibi
13. Commentary: The Hopi Clan
Part Three. The Mystery Plays: The Ceremonial Cycle
1. Elemental Symbols
2. Wúwuchim
3. Soyál
4. The Kachina Night Dances
5. Powamu
6. The Road of Life
7. Niman Kachina
8. The Flute Ceremony
9. The Snake-Antelope Ceremony
10. Lakón, Márawu, and Owaqlt
11. The Ya Ya Ceremony
Part Four. The History: The Lost White Brother
1. The Coming of the Castillas
2. The Destruction of Awatovi
3. Arrival of the Americans
4. Westward March of Empire
5. The Betrayal of Lololma
6. A Test of Prophecy
7. The Split at Oraibi
8. The Imprisonment of Yukioma
9. The Indian Reorganization Act
10. The Flag Still Flies
11. Recommendations and Prophecies
Hopi Alphabet

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The Book of the Hopi 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
figre on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book is one of the classics of anthropological research. It is one of the few complete resources you will find on the Hopi mythologies, including how that mythology leads to the lives they live today. From that standpoint, it is one of the best books in its field.However, the book suffers from two major flaws. (Flaws that have resulted in many detractors in the past.) The first is that the author seems to impose a Judeo-Christian mythos over the stories he has heard. The origin stories and the ¿Great White Brother¿ concept (one that does indeed run through many other tribe¿s stories) seem to have a spin on them, as if the author wants us to see just how closely these align to our beliefs. The second is that the author has definitely lost his objectivity. Of course he sides with the Hopis in any story involving the Navajos. But he even goes so far as to side with different Hopi villages when their stories or beliefs may diverge. But that only means what is told here needs to be taken with a grain of salt. The mere fact that the author may have lost his researcher¿s objectivity does not take away from the fact that this is an incredible collection that pulls together so much of what makes the Hopis the unique tribe they are. And, though the author tries too hard to make the point, it is apparent that the Hopi have been a part of the greater expanse of tribes that have lived in the Americas far into the past.At times it is dry and scholarly. Other times the author repeats himself. And other times there are just too many details. But read past the author¿s inability to pull his own preconceived notion out of the narrative, and you will find an intriguing mythology that few people are lucky enough to share.
drjvrichardsonjr on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Recommended by my native American friend as an excellent source for understanding the historical and religious views of the ancestral puebloans.