People of the Short Blue Corn

People of the Short Blue Corn : Tales and Legends of the Hopi Indians

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  • Hardback | 189 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
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  • United Kingdom
  • Illustrated
  • illustrated edition
  • 0152605258
  • 9780152605254

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As a readable rendition of Hopi lore this is presently unique; to the extent that the Southwestern Indians share a common cosmogony, hero-figures and plot motifs which are not only represented in the stories but also explicated in the notes, it could be an adjunct to socio-cultural study of the area. Which sounds recondite whereas many are so concretely linked to past history that the territory and the terrain could be mapped from them (e.g. "Sikakokuh and the Hunting Dog," "How the Village of Pivanhonkapi Perished") while interspersed among such amalgams of fact and magic are fables of tit-for-tat - "Two Friends, Coyote and Bull Snake, Exchange Visits" - and of foolishness of one sort - the self-deception of "The Sun Callers" - or another - the vanity of "The Beetle's Hairpiece." Primary, of course, is the myth of "How the People Came from the Lower World" and the languages were given out, and the corn that would determine each people's fate - the Hopi, slow in choosing, were left with the short blue ear signifying "a lite of work and hardship. But it will be a long-lasting life." Episodic generally, the narratives are often loose accretions that end up far from where they've begun-as with "Joshokiklay and the Eagles" which culminates in a test of strength between Kachinas' corn and squash and melon plants and Hasokata the Gambler's freezing wind. This reflects, sometimes literally, the Hopi tradition of migration, and the prevalence of gambling and foot-racing (usually won by girls) is indicative too. With one exception, the eighteen selections were gathered by Mr. Courlander in 1968 and 1969 and while they're not necessarily popular entertainment, they have an abiding presence. (Kirkus Reviews)
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