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The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi   By: (1880-1962)

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The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi by Hattie Greene Lockett delves into the intricacies of Hopi culture and folklore. Lockett's comprehensive research and deep understanding of the Hopi people allow readers to delve into the rich tapestry of their unwritten literature.

One of the most captivating elements of this book is its ability to take readers on a cultural journey. Lockett explores various aspects of Hopi storytelling, including myths, legends, and oral traditions. Through her meticulous writing style, she manages to bring these stories to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of the Hopi.

Lockett's dedication to accuracy and authenticity is evident throughout the book. She presents her findings in a clear and concise manner, making it accessible to both scholars and general readers. In addition to providing translations and interpretations of Hopi stories, Lockett also offers insightful commentary and analysis, shedding light on the cultural significance of each narrative.

One of the standout qualities of this book is Lockett's respect for the Hopi people and their traditions. She approaches her subject matter with a sense of reverence and allows the Hopi voices to take center stage. By amplifying their voices and giving them agency, Lockett showcases the richness and value of the Hopi culture, which adds depth and authenticity to her work.

Furthermore, the book benefits from Lockett's inclusion of historical and cultural context. By providing readers with a nuanced understanding of Hopi traditions and their place within the larger Native American landscape, she helps bridge the gap between cultures, fostering greater cultural appreciation and understanding.

While the content of the book is undoubtedly captivating, the book's structure, at times, can be somewhat cumbersome. The organization of the chapters could have been more cohesive, and cross-references to related stories and concepts could have been more explicit. However, these minor issues do not detract from the overall quality and value of the content presented.

Overall, The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Native American cultures and folklore. Lockett's meticulous research, her sensitive treatment of the subject matter, and her passion for sharing the Hopi traditions make this book an essential addition to any library. It is a compelling journey into the heart of Hopi culture, offering readers an opportunity to cherish and appreciate the beauty of their unwritten literature.

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Vol. IV, No. 4 May 15, 1933

University of Arizona Bulletin


The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi




I. Introduction General Statement The Challenge The Myth, Its Meaning and Function in Primitive Life

II. The Hopi Their Country, The People

III. Hopi Social Organization Government The Clan and Marriage Property, Lands, Houses, Divorce Woman's Work Man's Work

IV. Pottery and Basket Making Traditional, Its Symbolism

V. House Building

VI. Myth and Folktale, General Discussion Stability Intrusion of Contemporary Material How and Why Myths are Kept Service of Myth Hopi Story Telling

VII. Hopi Religion Gods and Kachinas Religion Not for Morality

VIII. Ceremonies, General Discussion Belief and Ceremonial

IX. Hopi Myths and Traditions and Some Ceremonies Based Upon Them The Emergence Myth and the Wu wu che Ma Ceremony Some Migration Myths Flute Ceremony and Tradition Other Dances The Snake Myth and the Snake Dance A Flood and Turkey Feathers

X. Ceremonies for Birth, Marriage, Burial Birth Marriage Burial

XI. Stories Told Today An Ancient Feud Memories of a Hopi Centenarian The Coyote and the Water Plume Snake A Bear Story The Giant and the Twin War Gods The Coyote and the Turtle The Frog and the Locust

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