Dennis, Wayne, 1905-1976. The Hopi child

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Part I The World Of The Hopi Child

Chapter I The General Setting

Geographical Setting

The People

Historical Setting 2

The Hopi Child

Third Mesa

Chapter Ii Hotavila Culture 1

Economic Life


Social Organization

Ceremonial Life

Hopi Ideals

Chapter Iii Hotavila Child Care

Childbirth And The Care Of The Newborn 1

Infant Care


Toilet Training

Eating And Sleeping


Childhood Prohibitions

Childhood Duties

Good And Bad Behavior

Means Of Social Control




Unorganized Games

Organized Games

Non-seasonal Games

Social Groupings In Play

The Joking Relationship

Story Telling

The Child Who Turned Into An Owl

The Chíro 9 And The Coyote

Religious Training

Courtship And Marriage

Hopi Expectations At Each Age

Chapter Iv New Oraibi And Mishongnovi

New Oraibi


Part Ii The Behavior Of The Hopi Child

Chapter V Infant Behavior

Reaction To The Cradleboard

General Course Of Infant Development 3

Protocols Of The Behavior Of Hopi Infants

Effect Of Cradleboard Upon Age At Walking 7

Chapter Vi Behavior Of Young Children




Behavior Toward Animals

The Direction Of Affection

Dramatic Play

Chapter Vii An Observational Study Of Child Behavior In New Oraibi


A Diary Account Of Child Behavior

Comments On Child Play At New Oraibi

Chapter Viii Child Behavior At Kachina Dances

Comments On Behavior At Kachina Dances

Chapter Ix Personality Sketches Of Hopi Children









Chapter X A Census Of Problem Cases

Chapter Xi A Summary Of Findings



The Family

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

Title: The Hopi child

Published By: Original publisher New York ; London: D. Appleton-Century Company, Incorporated, for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, University of Virginia. 1940. xi, 204 p., plates ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Wayne Dennis

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 Division of labor by gender (462); Settlement patterns (361); Childbirth (844); Postnatal care (846); Infant care (854); Child care (855); Childhood activities (857); Development and maturation (856); Techniques of socialization (861); Adolescent activities (883); Aggression training (865); Life history materials (159); Delinquency (738);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This source is a study of infant and child care, rearing practices, and infant and child behavior and development among the Hopi. Part I of this source focuses on Hopi culture and various aspects of Hopi infancy and childhood. The discussion of Hopi culture focuses on the village of Hotavila and examines the local economy, marriage practices, social organization, ceremonial life and ideals. According to the author, Hotavila is the most conservative of the Hopi communities, is therefore most representative of the traditional Hopi way of life, and thus provides the most appropriate baseline for his study. In the discussion of Hopi infancy and childhood the author examines infant and child care practices, socialization, childhood activities, and marriage and courtship. In Part II the author focuses on infant and child behavior development. This includes discussions of infant reactions to the cradleboard, infant development (particularly the effect of cradleboarding on the development of walking), the behavior of young children, child personality, and the incidence and basis of problem behavior in Hopi children. Part II also includes the edited text of the diary of the author's observational study of child behavior in the village of New Oraibi. The source concludes with a brief summary of the study's findings and their implications for understanding infant and child behavior and development in general.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 31

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. nt09-031

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 (p. 191-197)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1937-1938

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 Social Scientist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Gerald Reid ; 1988

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1937-1938

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) New Oraibi, Hotavila, Mishongnovi, and Shungopavi pueblos, Second and Third Mesas, northeastern Arizona, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Hopi Indians


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