Hopi Ruin Legends - Kiqötutuwutsi


“This book sets high standards for the recording of Native American traditions, standards that are far too seldom met in ethnographic research. ... The wealth of detail available in Malotki’s work provides a deeper understanding of the events and context than has heretofore been available. ...This book will provide material for debate for many years to come as we consider the Hopi role in resisting domination by Europeans and Euro-Americans. --- David M. Brugge, New Mexico Historical Review.

“In any field of study, a book may appear that is so impeccably conceived, researched, and executed that it pushes all other works on the subject into the background. Hopi Ruin Legends, collected, translated, and edited by Ekkehart Malotki, deftly accomplishes this on a number of levels. Not since Sun Chief, Leo Simmons’ transcribed autobiography of the Hopi, Don Talayesva, have wee been provided with such a penetrating look into the Hopi worldview. ...The last 100 pages contain a wonderful glossary and a comprehensive bibliography making the book a powerful research tool as well as just darned entertaining.” --- The Bloomsbury Review.

“Hopi Ruin Legends is a fascinating book, valuable for any personal or professional library that presumes to anything like completeness in its coverage of the Hopi. It is a collection of narratives by contemporary Hopi Indians about the obliteration of seven Hopi villages. Each narrative is given in two languages on facing pages. In addition to the narratives, the book contains useful introductory, linguistic, and glossarial information. ... Hopi Ruin Legends will preserve many valuable materials from ruin.” --- Peter G. Beidler, Lehigh University.

“The myths describe how the people of these cities fell into a state of ‘koyaanisqatsi, or social chaos,’ and the village had to be destroyed in order to return things to their proper balance . ... While Hopi Ruin Legends at first appears to be quite daunting because of its size, once begun it is almost impossible to set down. ... Certain aspects of today’s society can be seen in the ruin legends themselves and the reader is asked if he/she become caught up in koyaanisqatsi as well.” --- Marie H. Marley, SAIL.