Talayesva, Don C., 1890-. Sun chief: the autobiography of a Hopi Indian

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Sun chief: the autobiography of a Hopi Indian

Published By: Original publisher New Haven ; London: Pub. for the Institute of Human Relations by Yale University Press ; H. Milford, Oxford University Press. 1942. x, 460 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Edited by Leo W. Simmons

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Hopi (NT09)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Life history materials (159); Social personality (156); Drives and emotions (152); Organized ceremonial (796); Kin relationships (602); Culture summary (105); Infancy and childhood (850); Family (590); Sodalities (575); Diet (262); Sex (830); Behavior toward non-relatives (609);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source is an autobiography which covers in great detail the first 50 years of a Hopi's life (1890-1940). It is rich in information relating to socialization, domestic life, kin and nuclear family relations, the developmental cycle involving clan and secret society initiations and statuses, sex, diet, relations with Whites and Navajos, and personality traits. It also contains material on agriculture and animal husbandry, division of labor, missionaries, villager politics, and reservation schools. All of this is presented in the context of Don Talayesva's emotions and personal attitudes about the events. He is candid and seems to have taken to heart Leo Simmons' admonition that the project would be “entirely worthless” if it were not “absolutely true and as complete as possible.” The text is a rich and rewarding view of Hopi life in the first half of this century as seen by someone who was an active part of it.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 7

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt09-007

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1890-1940

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Indigene - 5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Martin Malone ; 1975

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1890-1940

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Oraibi Pueblo, northeastern Arizona, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Hopi Indians


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