Cultural Code Words of the Hopi People

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Phoenix Books, Jun 1, 2005 - Travel - 124 pages
The oral history of the Hopi people tells them that they were the first human beings to inhabit the North and South American continents, and that they arrived aboard large rafts, island-hopping across the Pacific Ocean...not by the land bridge that once connected Siberia and Alaska. The account of their arrival, splitting up into groups and going in different directions to populate the two continents, is so detailed it is difficult to believe that it is no more than a myth created for some ulterior purpose. In this book, Boye Lafayette De Mente, known for his books on the cultures of China, Korea, Japan and Mexico, uses key Hopi terms as windows to reveal the history, traditional customs, heart, spirit and wisdom of the Hopis. The most astounding of all in the story of the Hopis is their tradition of prophecies and their incredible accuracy.

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User Review  - yonderboy777 - LibraryThing

While the book does draw the reader's attention to significant concepts in Hopi thought, the entries themselves are based on better-known sources (especially *The Book of the Hopi* by Waters) which ... Read full review

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