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A masterpiece of Pueblo Indian mythology—now in a restored, definitive edition

In 1928, Edward Proctor Hunt, a Pueblo Indian man who was born in 1861 in the mesa-top village of Acoma, New Mexico and initiated into several secret societies only to later break with his peoples social and religious codes, recited his version of the origin myth of the Acoma Indians to Smithsonian Institution scholars. Hailed by many as the most accessible of all epic narratives recounting a classic Pueblo Indian story of creation, migration, and ultimate residence, the myth offers a unique window into Pueblo Indian cosmology and ancient history, revealing how a pre-modern society answered key existential questions and formed its customs. In this new edition, Peter Nabokov renders this important document into a clear sequence, adds excerpted material from the original storytelling sessions, and provides an introduction to Acoma Pueblo and information on the unusual life of the myths narrator.


In this unique collection, some thirty Hopi elders reveal for the first time in written form the Hopi world-view.

About the Author

PETER NABOKOV is a professor of World Arts and Cultures and American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. An acclaimed scholar of Native American history, he is the author of Where the Lightning Strikes and edited the volume Native American Testimony.

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


Product Details

Waters, Frank
Penguin Books
Nabokov, Peter
Hunt, Henry Wayne Wolf Robe
Parsons, Elsie Clews
Hunt, Wilbert Blue Sky Eagle
Hunt, Edward Proctor
White, Leslie A.
Stirling, Matthew W.
Harmondsworth, England ;
Indians of north america
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
North American
Native American
Hopi Indians
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
General Fiction
Native American-General Native American Studies
Folklore & Mythology
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