The Bedbugs’ Night Dance and Other Hopi Sexual Tales


“This admirable bilingual volume, with Hopi and English on facing pages, may be the first published collection of American Indian traditional texts specifically devoted to erotic content ... The stories themselves are followed by a Glossary, which is actually something much more than a glossary: in fact, it consists of short essays, in bilingual format and alphabetized by English, on relevant key concepts of Hopi culture. ... This gives us a taste of what a bilingual encyclopedia of Hopi culture might be like. --- William Bright, Language in Society.

“This is a collection of twenty Hopi stories in which sexual references are used to explain issues such as general life forces, fertility, and reproduction. Because sexual topics in the Hopi oral tradition are functional and vital to the tales themselves, Malotki provides a rendition of such tales without the usual ‘cleansing’ of such topics, a practice which has been all to common in the past for the purpose of accommodating readers whose cultures find such references offensive . ... This text is of use to a wide variety of readers. Not only will it be of interest to those studying discourse structure and other sociolinguistic topics, but it will also appeal to Amerindian scholars, anthropologists, and folklorists.” --- Amoena B. Norcross, Language.

“Scholars and general readers alike will be enlightened and entertained by this rollicking glimpse into a magical world where nothing is profane and, remarkably, nobody blushes.” --- Journal of Arizona History.

“The mere transmission of these earthy stories in their original language and with English translation is of notable significance. All Americans should be concerned to further their knowledge of native American culture, and this edition is a worthy place to begin.” --- Ernest Ament, Wayne State University.

“The point that M. intends to make with this collection is that comic eroticism and scatology is an everyday component of Hopi life and literature, and that, unlike Anglo-Americans and Europeans, Hopis have few linguistic taboos in this area.” --- Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas.