Hopi Animal Tales


“This volume is the latest of a long series of narrative folklore collected, translated, edited and annotated by the renowned linguist in Hopi Indian studies Ekkehart Malotki at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Malotki set the standards for contemporary studies in the Hopi language. ... Malotki’s approach was based on years of meticulous fieldwork with Hopi consultants ...The main features are the narratives in meticulously edited Hopi and English translation, and a bilingual glossary with ethnographic insights and commentary by the Hopi narrators. ...The tales are not just entertaining narratives about animals with anthropomorphic (and sometimes divine) abilities. They also reveal valuable insights into Hopi cultural values and worldviews, a point which folklorist Barre Toelken argues in his introduction to the volume. --- Armin W. Geertz, Department of the Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

“These are stories of wry good humor, of wise and foolish animals and people, each with a kernel of wisdom. Hopi Animal Tales is enhanced by the inclusion of the Hopi alphabet and a particularly valuable glossary. ... The glossary entries go well beyond the usual brief definitions and place each term within its cultural context. ... Highly recommended.” --- Andy J. Deering, Central Wyoming College.

“Northern Arizona University linguist Ekkehart Malotki continues his efforts to preserve Hopi oral literature with the publication of Hopi Animal Tales, a collection of thirty stories ... Simultaneous English and Hopi translations, along with a glossary and Hopi alphabet, expand our appreciation of these signposts to Hopi life and culture.” --- The Journal of Arizona History.