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The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians as Preserved in Their Legends and Traditions

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Here the noted folklorist brings together traditional accounts of epic events and adventures in the life of Hopi clans and villages, from legendary to historical times. The setting of these various adventures and events is not the Southwest as we know it today, but a vast and largely unpeopled wilderness in which clans and families wandered in search of a final living ...more
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Published October 1st 1987 by University of New Mexico Press (first published 1971)
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Kraig Grady
Jan 30, 2013 Kraig Grady rated it it was amazing
It was great to read this book a few years back while actually driving through this area. Harold Courlander is someone who I have had some interest in as noticing his name pop up in a variety of places. One as the source of the story used by the composer Harry Partch in his Delusion of the Fury and also in a recording of Buddhist music while he was an editor for Folk ways records. Sometime before this book he was involed in a lawsuit with Alex Haley's book 'Roots' which appears to had been ...more
Roisin
Aug 11, 2013 Roisin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the stories of how the Hopis began and grew through the years.
Despite not having any relation to the Indians or being american in anyway I found these stories to be informative and very well constructed.
Fredrick Danysh
Dec 24, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
Traditions, creation myths, and legends of the Hopi are used to narrate a history of the people. The same items explain their way of life and past migrations. Two Hopi songs are included. I found this work interesting.
Tim
Apr 27, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it
Courlander's collection of Hopi stories describe migration, clans, and kachinas all against the stark backdrop of the southwestern desert.
Don Gubler
Mar 03, 2015 Don Gubler rated it liked it
Intriguing Native American legend. The Hopi are an amazing people.
Honoré
Jul 10, 2016 Honoré rated it it was amazing
This small collection, read after a wonderful visit to Hopiland, was for me a revelation. A small people - in numbers - growing corn in one of the driest and isolated part of Arizona, facing extinction from drought, diseases, foes and internal feuding, the Hopis offer an exemplar of courage and survival against all odds. For at least two millennia, they have lived, farmed, hunted, painted, sculpted delightful if at time a little threatening kachinas, all the time obeying their rules, and being ...more
Socraticgadfly
Dec 03, 2012 Socraticgadfly rated it really liked it
Set aside New Agey myths about the always-peaceful Hopis. Learn more about all aspects of their history in this book.

For people who have heard about Hopis, and know enough about them to consider them a highly representative descendant of the Ancestral Puebloans, but nothing more, this is a decent book. It has stories of their origin from the third world, legends of tribal and clan migrations, and actual history, such as the split at Oraibi and the destruction of Awatovi.

But, one of the things ma
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I read this for a class, so will not rate it. If you are interested in Hopi mythology, it is a good read.
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