The Hopis: Portrait of a Desert People

O'Kane ( Walter Collins O'Kane )
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"In the tiny world of their own on the Three Mesas of the Arizona desert, the Hopi Indians have created and continue to maintain one of the most interesting and striking cultures of the North American continent. They have a stable economy, a steadfast morality, and a pervading spirit that have not wavered in times of inflationary global strife or periods of national depression.

The Hopis have known the white man for centuries, and, although they do not argue with him, they are not particularly impressed with his "progress." Ancient Hopi traditions and customs are much alive today as they were in the centuries before white civilization had reached the rugged homeland of these people. This adherence to apparently archaic beliefs and activities is rooted in the extraordinary common sense and wisdom of these desert dwellers.

Walter Collins O'Kane has lived with the Hopis and has earned their trust and faith. His knowledge of the Hopi way of life is shared by few white men, and in this book he provides even more intimate view of the Hopi Indians than is presented in another popular volume written by him, Sun in the Sky. In The Hopis, the author takes his readers into the dwelling places of the Hopis, to their sun-baked fields, and to the ceremonies which symbolize in ritual the truly aesthetic mode of the Hopi life.

Accompanying this word-picture are twenty-four handsome photographs, reproduced in full original colors to make this volume a magnificent presentation of the Hopi way of life.

This volume is number thirty-five in The Civilization of the American Indian Series."--Book jacket. 
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