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The invention of prophecy : continuity and meaning in Hopi Indian religion /
Armin W. Geertz.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
xxi, 490 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0520081811 (alk. paper)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1994.
0520081811 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 449-486) and index.
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"The most important contribution to the history of Hopi religion that is currently available."--Fred Eggan, University of Chicago "Especially effective as a critique and displacement of largely misconceived and widely accepted interpretations of Hopi myth and Hopi political factionalism."--Peter Whiteley, Sarah Lawrence College
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-02:
In this book Geertz (religion, Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark) presents Hopi traditionalism as a case study of non-Western religion. Focusing on prophecy, he demonstrates how tradition changes to maintain meaning in the face of changing social and political circumstances. Based on historical study and on extensive field work with the Hopi, this is an authoritative account that, with sanction from the Hopi themselves, seeks to counteract the misuse of Hopi traditionalism by non-Indians. A major contribution to understanding the Hopi and their religious history, it also provides valuable material for comparison with other cultures. Moreover, the author develops a general model of continuity and change in narrative tradition that can be used to understand the social role of prophets and prophecy in cross-cultural context. Of interest to a diverse audience that includes students of comparative religion, anthropology, history, or culture studies, and also members of the general public. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates, graduates, and professionals, as well as for general readers. D. R. Parks; Indiana University-Bloomington
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Armin Geertz corrects what he sees as basic American and European tendencies to misrepresent non-Western cultures. Carefully documenting the historical role of prophecy in Hopi Indian religion, Geertz shows how prophecies about the end of the world have been created by the Hopi Traditionalist Movement and used by non-Indian movements, cults, and interest groups. Many of the seeming peculiarities of Hopi religion and culture have been invented, he says, by tourists, novelists, journalists, and scholars, and the millennial Traditionalist Movement has subtly co-authored European and American stereotypes of Indians. Geertz's richly detailed examples and persuasive arguments will be welcomed by all those interested in Native American studies, comparative religions, anthropology, and sociology.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Prophecy and Ontologyp. 1
The Analysis of Hopi Prophecyp. 4
A Definition of Religionp. 9
The Ethnohermeneutical Approachp. 10
On Meaning and Literary Stylep. 13
Further Goalsp. 14
A Note on Orthographyp. 16
Prophecy and Discourse
The Story of the Mysterious Mr. Johnsonp. 19
On the Burning of Altars and the Advent of the Apocalypsep. 19
The Awat'ovi Conspiracyp. 30
The Tiingavi Hypothesisp. 36
The Implications of Burning Altarsp. 40
Hopi Prophecy Definedp. 46
An Indigenous Definition of Hopi Prophecyp. 46
The Logic of Prophetic Rhetoricp. 51
Prophecy as Social Strategyp. 58
From the Cradle to the Grave and Beyond (Via the Brain)p. 61
Cognition and Collective Misrepresentationp. 66
The Narrative Context of Hopi Prophecyp. 70
The Core Narrativep. 70
The Transformative Mechanisms of Prophetic Mediap. 77
The Narrative Contexts of Hopi Propheciesp. 78
The Prose Narrative Contextp. 79
Ritual Speechp. 86
The Ethnopoetic Narrative Contextp. 88
Types of Ritual Songsp. 89
The Prophetic Content of Ritual Songsp. 92
The Modern Prose Narrative Context of Hopi Prophecyp. 95
Literacy Versus Orality: A Critiquep. 95
Literacy and Acculturationp. 97
Literacy and Knowledgep. 103
Literacy and Textualizationp. 113
Prophecy and Politics
Hopi Prophecies in Historyp. 117
The Prophecies of 1858-1958p. 119
Themes of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980sp. 147
Modern Prophecy and Collective Mental Healthp. 156
Interpreting Significant Objects: The Politics of Hopi Apocalypsep. 166
Politics and Power in Hopi Iconographyp. 167
Stone Tablets in Hopi Prophecy and Historyp. 169
Stone Tablets in Bear Clan Historyp. 175
Stone Tablets in Kookop Clan Historyp. 192
The Significance of the Stone Tabletsp. 201
From Resistance to Messianism: The Politics of Analysis and the Realities of Historyp. 206
Theories of Factionalismp. 206
Gossip and Information Managementp. 210
The Politics of Analysisp. 214
The Traditionalist Movement in Analytical Termsp. 219
From Resistance to Universalismp. 222
From Universalism to Messianismp. 230
On Charisma and the Downfall of a Prophetp. 233
Power Struggles in the Movementp. 233
The Flying Saucer Cultp. 235
The Question of Charismap. 246
Prophecy and Meaning
The Legacy of Prophecy Rock: On the Mutability of Petroglyphsp. 257
The History of Prophecy Rockp. 257
Thomas Banancya, Traditionalist Spokesmanp. 261
Ecology and Mysticismp. 266
Traditionalists Become Traditionalp. 276
Changing Audiences, Changing Meaningsp. 278
Hippie-Sinom (Hippie People) and the Crisis of Meaningp. 288
Mutual Misrepresentationp. 288
The Pahaana Syndromep. 291
A Typology of Euro-American Interest Groupsp. 294
The New Agep. 307
Prophecy and Change
A Model of Narrative Tradition and Changep. 323
Factors of Changep. 323
Factors of Continuityp. 330
A Model of Continuity and Change in Hopi Prophecyp. 332
Conclusionp. 338
App. A. A Bilingual Version of the Emergence Myth with Commentaryp. 343
App. B. Selected Versions of the emergence Myth; Narrated by Hostiles and Traditionalistsp. 368
App. C. A Catalogue and Typology of Hopi Prophecies, 1858-1961p. 422
App. D. Letter to President Harry Truman from Representatives of the Hopi Indian Empirep. 441
App. E. Hopi Names and Terms with Corrected Orthographyp. 447
Bibliographyp. 449
Indexp. 487
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