The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi by Hattie Greene Lockett


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VII. Hopi Religion
Gods and Kachinas
Religion Not for Morality

VIII. Ceremonies, General Discussion
Belief and Ceremonial

IX. Hopi Myths and Traditions and Some Ceremonies Based Upon Them
The Emergence Myth and the Wu-wu-che-Ma Ceremony
Some Migration Myths
Flute Ceremony and Tradition
Other Dances
The Snake Myth and the Snake Dance
A Flood and Turkey Feathers

X. Ceremonies for Birth, Marriage, Burial

XI. Stories Told Today
An Ancient Feud
Memories of a Hopi Centenarian
The Coyote and the Water Plume Snake
A Bear Story
The Giant and the Twin War Gods
The Coyote and the Turtle
The Frog and the Locust

XII. Conclusion

The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi[1]

[Footnote 1: A thesis accepted in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Archaeology, University of
Arizona, 1933. Published under the direction of the Committee on
Graduate Study, R.J. Leonard, Chairman.]



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By a brief survey of present day Hopi culture and an examination into
the myths and traditions constituting the unwritten literature of this
people, this bulletin proposes to show that an intimate connection
exists between their ritual acts, their moral standards, their social
organization, even their practical activities of today, and their myths
and tales--the still unwritten legendary lore.

The myths and legends of primitive peoples have always interested the
painter, the poet, the thinker; and we are coming to realize more and
more that they constitute a treasure-trove for the archaeologist, and
especially the anthropologist, for these sources tell us of the
struggles, the triumphs, the wanderings of a people, of their
aspirations, their ideals and beliefs; in short, they give us a twilight
history of the race.

As the geologist traces in the rocks the clear record of the early
beginnings of life on our planet, those first steps that have led
through the succession of ever-developing forms of animal and plant life
at last culminating in man and the world as we now see them, so does the
anthropologist discover in the myths and legends of a people the dim
traces of their origin and development till these come out in the
stronger light of historical time. And it is at this point that the
ethnologist, trying to understand a race as he finds them today, must
look earnestly back into the "realm of beginnings," through this window
of so-called legendary lore, in order to account for much that he finds
in the culture of the present day.

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