Hopi Literature: Other Sources


Originally published by the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1936, Edmund Nequatewa's Truth of a Hopi (Flagstaff: Northland Press, 1967) gives reliable "stories relating to the origin, myths and clan histories of the Hopi." Walter Collins O'Kane provides a readable overview of Hopi society in his Sun in the Sky(Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1950). Harry James' Pages from Hopi History (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1974) is a good source on Hopi documentary history.

Ten Hopi stories as told by Herschel Talashoma, from the Third Mesa village of Bakavi, are printed in bilingual form in Ekkehart Malotki's Hopitutuwutsi: Hopi Tales (Flagstaff: Museum of Northern Arizona Press, 1978). Malotki's introductory remarks and notes provide very clear and succinct information on Hopi literature and culture.

Harold Courlander's People of the Short Blue Corn (New York: Harcourt, 1970) is a good collection of Hopi stories for younger readers.

A selection of Hopi kat'sina songs in bi-lingual format is given in Two Hopi Song Poets of Shungopavi: Milland Lomakema and Mark Lomayestewa (Second Mesa, Arizona: privately printed, 1978). The book was edited by Michael Kabotie and is available from the Hopi Arts and Crafts Guild, Second Mesa, Arizona 86039. Four Hopi lullabies are well translated and discussed in "Four Hopi Lullabies: A Study in Method and Meaning" by Emory Sekaquaptewa and Kathleen Sands. The article appeared in the American Indian Quarterly, 4 (1978), pp. 195-210.

There are a number of sound recordings of Hopi song presently available. Hopi Katchina Songs and six other songs by Hopi chanters (FE 4394) is available from Folkways. It includes recordings made by Jesse Walter Fewkes in 1924, Canyon Records' Hopi Social Dances, Vol. 2 (C-6108) includes Butterfly, Water Maiden, Ribbon, Clown, and Elk dance songs from the Second Mesa -village of Shungopavi.

A number of excellent Hopi autobiographies are presently available. Albert Yava'sBig Falling Snow: A Tewa-Hopi Indian's Life and Times and The History and Traditions of His People (New York: Crown Publishers, 1978) was edited and annotated by Harold Courlander. Sun Chief: the Autobiography of a Hopi Indian(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1942) was edited by Leo W. Simmons from notebooks kept by Don Talayesva of Third Mesa. No Turning Back (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1964) is an engaging account of the life of Hopi potter Polingayse Qoyawayma (Elizabeth Q. White).

Hopi artist and writer Michael Kabotie (Lomawywesa) has printed selections of his poems in A Decade and Then Some (Buffalo, N.Y.: Intrepid Press, 1976), edited by Allen DeLoach, and in Sun Tracks Five (1979).

Wendy Rose's collections of poems include: Hopi Roadrunner Dancing (Greenfield Center, N.Y.: The Greenfield Press, 1973), Long Division: A Tribal History (New York: Strawberry Press, 1976), Academic Squaw: Reports to the World from the Ivory Tower (Marvin, S.D.: Blue Cloud Quarterly, 1977), andBuilder Kachina: a Home-going Cycle (Marvin, S.D.: Blue Cloud Quarterly, 1979). A good selection of her poems appears in Duane Niatum's collection of contemporary American Indian poetry Carriers of the Dream Wheel (New York: Harper and Row, 1975).

Qua-Toqti is a weekly newspaper published on the Hopi reservation at New Oraibi, Arizona, It regularly contains writing in Hopi.

For other written work on Hopi literature and culture see W. David Laird's annotated Hopi Bibliography (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1977). It contains nearly three thousand entries.

As printed in Larry Evers, ed. The South Corner of Time. Tucson, Ariz.: The University of Arizona Press, ©1980, p. 46.