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Book of the Hopi

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The tenets of this book are as sacred to the Hopis as the Judeo-Christian Bible is to other peoples. Its spokesmen are some thirty elders of the Hopi Indian tribe in northern Arizona.

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In this strange and wonderful book, some thirty elders of the ancient Hopi tribe of Northern Arizona freely reveal for the first time in written form the Hopi world-view of life. The Hopis have kept this view a secret for countless generations and this book was made possible only as a result of their desire to record for future generations the principles of their Road of Life.

The breaking of the Hopi silence is significant and fascinating because for the first time anthropologists, ethnologists and anyone interested in the field of Indian study have been given rich material showing the Hopi legends, the meaning of their religious rituals and ceremonies, and the beauty of a conception of life within the natural world that is completely untouched by materialistic worlds.

"This great cooperative effort could not have been obtained before, nor could it be obtained now; already some of the older spokesmen have died. Their traditions come to us by the dictate of fate we call fortuitous chance, at the time when we, as they, most need them.

That these Hopi have revealed their conceptual pattern of life to us now, for the first time, imparts to their gift a strangeness unique in our national experience... They reassert a rhythm of life we have disastrously tried to ignore. They remind us we must attune ourselves to the need for inner change if we are to avert a cataclysmic rupture between our own minds and hearts."    ~Frank Waters

"Over a period of three years, thirty elders of the Hopi speak of the Hopi way--and tell at last the story of the Hopi creation, emergences from previous worlds, migrations over the continent, and the meaning of their ceremonies. Myth gives way to legend and legend to history as the tale of the Hopi is told. It is a tale incorporating a world view of rich religious symbolism and a faith so strong that it has shaped Hopi reactions to outer forces from the coming of Cortez through dealings with the Navajo, then the United States Government to the present day.

The Book of the Hopi reveals the source of the Hopi's spiritual strength as clearly as it records their heartbreaking decimation. It stands as a unique expression of the lore of a people collected at a critical moment of its history. Invaluable source material for anthropologists, this is also an effective plea for a respectful approach to current handling of Hopi problems."     ~Kirkus Review

"World War III will be started by those peoples who first revealed the light (the divine wisdom or intelligence) in the other old countries (India, China, Islamic Nations, Africa). The United States will be destroyed, land and people, by atomic bombs and radioactivity. Only the Hopis and their homeland will be preserved as an oasis to which refugees will flee. Bomb shelters are a fallacy.

It is only materialistic people who seek to make shelters. Those who are at peace in their hearts already are in the great shelter of life. There is no shelter for evil. Those who take no part in the making of world division by ideology are ready to resume life in another world, be they Black, White, Red, or Yellow race. They are all one, brothers."

Frank Waters, a prolific novelist and chronicler of the Southwest and its Pueblo country. Many of his books are still in print, including his best-selling Book of the Hopi (1963), which developed something of a cult following among the seekers of spirituality in the 1960's. Mr. Waters lived among the Hopi for three years, studying their legends and religious rituals.

Author Waters, Frank
Translator Bear, White
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 345 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1977
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