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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).

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Publication date

1st March 2001


Barre Toelken

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Bison Books an imprint of University of Nebraska Press


261 pages


Folklore, myths & legends



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