Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1942,and#160;Sun Chief
and#160;is the autobiography of Hopi Chief Don C. Talayesva and offers a unique insider view on Hopi society. In a new Foreword, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert situates the book within contemporary Hopi studies, exploring how scholars have used the book since its publication more than seventy years ago.
and#8220;Sun Chief is one of the great ethnographic autobiographies of Native American studies. Don Talayesvaand#8217;s story is dramatic, humorous and insightful. This second edition contains a foreword written by Hopi scholar, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, known for his excellent historical work on Hopi culture and education. He situates Sun Chief in the context of Hopi and white interaction and conflict, and raises important issues from a Hopi perspective.and#8221;and#8212;Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
and#8220;Sun Chief is a seminal contribution to Hopi studies.and#160; It has and continues to inform and inspire todayand#8217;s emerging Hopi scholars who can expand on its relevancy to critical issues and events in contemporary Hopi society. More importantly, Gilbert points out that the field will benefit from and#8220;a new directionand#8221; in the developing scholarship that promises to forefront the Hopi view, experience and voice.and#8221;and#8212;Sheilah Nicholas (Hopi), University of Arizona
"This is an indispensable new edition of the classic Hopi autobiography. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbertand#8217;s foreword brilliantly situates Talayesvaand#8217;s story in scholarly as well as Hopi contexts, providing fresh insights into the achievements and limitations of the textand#8212;and of Hopi scholarship since its publication."and#8212;Tisa Wenger, author of We Have a Religion: The 1920s Pueblo Indian Dance Controversy and American Religious Freedom.
and#8220;Don Talayesvaand#8217;s Sun Chief remains one of the most remarkable and#8220;as-told-toand#8221; Native autobiographies: an incisive (self-)portrait of early 20th century Hopi life. Matt Sakiestewa Gilbertand#8217;s critically-nuanced foreword sensitively reinscribes the text within and against an emerging canon of autochthonous Hopi scholarship.and#8221;and#8212;Peter M. Whiteley, Curator of North American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History
"In sharp and wonderful ways, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert's new foreword provides a fresh perspective on how Hopi people regard this classic autobiography. His compassionate but critical reading of a fellow Hopi writer's work is eminently teachable and deeply thoughtful."and#8212; Robert Warrior (Osage), author ofand#160;The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfictionand#160;andand#160;Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions
About the Author
Don C. Talayesva
and#160;(1890and#150;1985) was born and raised in the Hopi village of Old Oraibi until the age of ten. He then spent nearly ten years training at white government schools. At the age of twenty, Talayesva returned to Hopiland and readopted Hopi tribal customs.and#160;Leo W. Simmons
and#160;was a Yale anthropologist who recorded Talayesvaand#8217;s autobiography.and#160;Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
and#160;is associate professor of American Indian studies and history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and enrolled with the Hopi Tribe.and#160;Robert V. Hine
and#160;is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside.