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A compelling study of 'fourth worlders' coping with a powerful nation-state, this book depicts Hopi social organization, economy, religion, and politics as well as key events in the history of Hopi-U.S. relations.

Armin Geertz corrects what he sees as basic American and European tendencies to misrepresent non-Western cultures. Carefully documenting the historical role of prophecy in Hopi Indian religion, Geertz shows how prophecies about the end of the world have been created by the Hopi Traditionalist Movement and used by non-Indian movements, cults, and interest groups.

This book provides the life account of a Hopi woman who chose to privilege the white American way of life over her own Native ancestry and tradition and the struggles--both internal and external--resulting from this choice.

The Hopi Snake dance was first described in 1884 and through many articles over the last 100 years has become one of the best known of all aboriginal American Indian ceremonies. Yet, despite its notoriety, it was, and continues to be, little understood by those who are not Hopi Indians. Visitors to the remote reservation in the Arizona desert watch in amazement as members of the Hopi Snake Society, males of all ages, dance with living rattlesnakes clenched between their teeth.

This was a very interesting book, and I enjoyed it as much as my five-year-old son (and I learned as much as he did, too). In fact, my 11-year-old daughter was compelled to join in the reading, too. The book's Q&A, second-person format makes the reader feel involved, and the author answers questions that cover basic Hopi beliefs and culture, as well as things that children really want to know: "What games would I play?"

On a recent trip to Arizona -Sedona and Flagstaff, I was lucky to stumble upon a Hopi Marketplace, meet Jonathan Day and a number of the carvers in his book. This book is a wonderful beginning to the understanding the culture of the Hopi and the direction in which the creation of Kachinas is moving--a return to an art form that is based upon the teachings of the Hopi--a truer sense of the meaning of the kachina as a spirit which teaches and guides.

Some Arizona books have these large sections dotted off--the Indian reservations the authors think you needn't know about--but this book takes you there. It's informed, pragmatic, and refreshingly free of hype. The "Important Things to Know" chapter includes Navajo creation stories along with health precautions and how to buy a Navajo rug. From Four Corners National Monument to the Grand Canyon, Fran Kosik gives needed survival advice on motels, camping, restaurants (and gas stations, which aren't as plentiful as you may think), interspersed with scholarly archeological, geographical anthropological information, and sensitive attention to the people who still live there.

This book is one of the best I've seen on the subject of kachina dolls and their carvers. A great reference as well as a strong introduction to the art. Describes the differences between Hopi and Navajo styles, with high quality photos. Along with my Barton Wright, this book is invaluable as a collecting reference book. The appendix includes a big list of Hopi carvers' names and a page of translated symbols.

This is a GREAT recipe book. Not only are the instructions clear enough that anybody can follow, but the recipes are actually like the traditional food you find in the homes on the reservation.

Voted "Best Traditional Native American Album of the Year" by New Age Voice and was a finalist for "Best Traditional Recording" at the Native American Music Awards.

This is an exceptional book, written by an extraordinary man, a visionary artist and sculptor who learned how to follow his dreams and awaken to a new kind of spiritual truth. His story is disturbingly personal, challengingly direct. Here is the Odyssey of modern day Ulysses who carved a giant totem pole in Maine and took it to the Hopi people in Arizona on a magical journey and into a deeper understanding of Native American and Christian prophecy. If you read just one book on spiritual growth this year, this should be it!"

In 1975 The Heard Museum published a catalogue of the Barry Goldwater collection of Hopi kachina dolls. The catalog is no longer in print, but the Museum's collection is hereby made accessible in print once again. Beautiful color photographs of 200 kachina dolls are combined with sensitive commentary by a Hopi author.

This is an exceptional compilation of Hopi stories and legends. Having read many books about Hopi, I have found nothing to compare. This is a 'must read' for all who are interested in building or adding to their knowledge of the Hopi Way. This is not a new book, but the title and the content have stood the test of time. Enjoy!

I enjoyed this book so much that I finished it in a couple of days. In my opinion, Don Talayesva is a charming narrator. His sometimes humorous, many times heart-breaking recollections underscores the tremendous cultural, social and religious upheavals the Hopi tribe were going through at the beginning of the 20th century, as no anthropological or historical work could ever do.

For anyone who admires or collects Hopi jewelry, this guide will only serve to deepen your appreciation of this beautiful artwork. After setting the stage geographically, Wright starts at the beginning with a history of Hopi crafts and culture, and early silversmiths. Of particular interest was the role played by Mary-Russell Colter of the Museum of Northern Arizona in encouraging the Hopi artists to create a design style that was uniquely Hopi, distinguishable from other Native American jewelry, and therefore profitable. The color plates of traditional and modern Hopi jewelry designs are stunning.

The word "Hopi" means "peaceful people". "Autobiography of a Hopi" is a documentary short which presents the philosophy of the Hopi through the words of a farmer who still grows corn and lives according to the traditional way of harmony with nature. He tried the way of Bohanna (the European), living in the cities, working in the factories. There he found plenty of hardship but very little peace.

This video is sensitive to our people and our ways. If you are planning to visit Hopi, this is a video you should watch to gain an understanding of that which is so important in our lives - the planting and harvesting of the corn. So many things in our lives revolve around the harvest. Many whom I have shown this video to agree - it is a fine and accurate representation of our life.

This is the perfect place to begin to learn about Kachina dolls. Whether you are a novice or an experienced collector, this guide will be of great help. The detailed descriptions and information are a must for any collector.

Let's face it, dictionary-making is one of the most difficult linguistic tasks when working with any language. The decisions are complex and often require detailed analysis far beyond the skills of a single linguist. This dictionary is a true team effort and has been decades in the making. Much of the team membership are native speakers of Hopi as well.

Kachinas, the spirit beings that embody Pueblo religious beliefs, social structure, and moral values, have long fascinated Anglo travelers, scholars, and collectors. This handsome presentation of seventy-nine paintings of rare and unusual Hopi kachinas by Hopi-Tewa artist Neil David, Sr., not only presents kachinas that are new to many observers but includes comments by Hopi consultants. The paintings show both the front and the back of each kachina so that the entire costume is visible. Each description includes both Hopi and English names and references previous publications that describe the kachina.

Frank Waters' excellent BOOK OF THE HOPI is probably the most complete collection of Hopi stories, language, rituals, and photographs in one place. Waters wrote this book with assistance from thirty-two Hopi elders back in 1963. Much time has passed since then, and while the way of the Hopi remains mostly unchanged, access to their sacred ceremonies and rituals has been greatly reduced in the last several decades.