Mesa of Sorrows

Mesa of Sorrows

A History of the Awat'ovi Massacre

Book - 2016
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The Hopi community of Awat'ovi existed peacefully on Arizona's Antelope Mesa for generations. Then one bleak morning in the fall of 1700 raiders from nearby Hopi villages descended on Awat'ovi, slaughtering their neighboring men, women, and children. Why did kinsmen target it for destruction? Drawing on oral traditions, archival accounts, and extensive archaeological research, Brooks unravels the story and its significance, and argues that a perfect storm of internal and external crises revitalized an ancient cycle of ritual bloodshed and purification.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393061253
Characteristics: x, 274 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Call Number: 979.100497 BRO


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May 13, 2017

This is a scholarly work - and still, it's available. Having lived around the SW much of my life - it really resonates. Also fascinating to learn of the multi-layered, aggregate nature of what we consider "Hopi". Well worth the read.


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