AuthorWhiteley, Peter M.
Hopi Indians—Politics and government.
Hopi Indians—Religion and mythology.
Indians of North America—Arizona—History.
Indians of North America—Arizona—Politics and government.
Indians of North America—Arizona—Religion and mythology.
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RightsCopyright © 1988 by The Arizona Board of Regents. The text of this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.
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PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press (Tucson, AZ)
DescriptionDrawing on oral accounts from Hopi consultants and contemporary documents, Peter M. Whiteley argues that the Oraibi split of 1906 was the result of a conspiracy among Hopi politico-religious leaders, a revolution to overturn the allegedly corrupt Oraibi religious order. Through an analysis of Bacavi social structure, Whiteley demonstrates how one fragment of a well-established society went about creating a new social order after the old one drastically fragmented.
SponsorsAndrew W. Mellon Foundation, as part of the Humanities Open Book Program funded jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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