Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month books of the month
Search our site
Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley Read the opening extract of the brand new Lucy Foley book before its publication on 19/03/2018

Hopi Animal Stories by Barre Toelken


Hopi Animal Stories by Barre Toelken

The fascinating world of the Hopis is brought to light in this original and informative collection of thirty animal tales featuring Field Mouse, Coyote the Trickster, Cicada and his flute, Medicine Man Badger, the Chipmunk Girls and the Antelope Kids, and many other manifestations of serpents, insects, and birds. These ancient folk tales are traditionally told in midwinter, when the nights are long and cold and all the crops are in. Highly entertaining, the narratives reveal attitudes toward important aspects of Hopi culture, such as courtship and relations between the sexes, friendship, courage, industry, healing, and the treatment of children. Ekkehart Malotki, who compiled the original tales in the Hopi vernacular, has meticulously edited and translated the tales in this special English language edition. An introduction by the distinguished folklorist Barre Toelken examines the cultural relevance of Hopi oral literature and places the tales within a wider, comparative context.


These are stories of wry good humor, of wise and foolish animals and people, each with a kernel of wisdom. -Multicultural Review * Multicultural Review *

About the Author

Ekkehart Malotki is a professor of languages at Northern Arizona University. His books include Kokopelli: The Making of an Icon (Nebraska 2000).

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st March 2001


Barre Toelken

More books by Barre Toelken
Author 'Like for Like'


Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press


261 pages


Folklore, myths & legends



A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

As for why I'd recommend Lovereading, it's simple - it's a great place to get information and reviews about new books!

Margaret Freeman

Lovereading has all the new books and also suggestions for 'similar' authors whilst waiting for your favourites new books.

Carol Peace

It is a website dedicated to those who adore reading It really is a one stop shop for book lovers. Love it!

Edel Waugh

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.


I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

Lovereading is an amazing place to be, the website is wonderful and to me if I'm sad I'll go here and it cheers me up!

Sophia Upton