Roads in the Sky: The Hopi Indians in a Century of Change

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Westview Press, 1995 - History - 377 pages
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Despite one hundred years under the dominant American culture, Hopi culture today maintains continuity with its aboriginal roots, while reflecting the impact of the twentieth century. A compelling study of "fourth worlders" coping with a powerful nation-state, this book depicts Hopi social organization, economy, religion, and politics as well as key events in the history of Hopi-U.S. relations. Hopis have used their culture and their sociopolitical structures to deal with change. Clemmer focuses on six major events in Hopi history: a factionalist schism that split the largest Hopi village, Oraibi, into three villages; the impact of the federal Indian Reorganization Act of 1934; the rise of a political movement known as "traditionalism"; the story behind far-reaching oil and coal leases of the 1960s; the Hopi-Navajo land dispute; and the disappearance of ceremonial objects into private collections and museums.
  

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Contents

Hopi Prophecy the World System and Modernization
1
An Introduction to Hopi Society and Material Conditions
13
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27
Hopi Culture on the Edge of the Twentieth Century
47
The Oraibi Split of 1906 and the Great Transformation
84
Reorganization 19101945
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19461977
166
Mineral Leasing 19611989
203
19581993
232
The Present the Future and Beyond
273
Hopi Society the World System
297
The Modernity of Tradition
304
References
331
About the Book and Author
354
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Richard O. Clemmer is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Denver.

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