Clemmer, Richard O.. “Then you will rise and strike my head from my neck”: Hopi prophecy and the discourse of empowerment

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“then Will You Rise And Strike My Head From My Neck”: Hopi Prophecy And The Discourse Of Empowerment 1

Frank Cushing, Ethnologist, Encounters Hopi Prophecy

“as We Throw Dung Out Of The Plazas”

The Pahaana Myth And Prophecy

The Analysis Of Hopi Prophetic Discourse

Other Treatments Of Hopi Prophecy In The Literature

Theories Of Culture, Myth, Discourse, And History


“mythic” Societies



Political Economy History

Hopi Myth And Prophecy: 1882–1990

General Themes, Versions And Variants, And Specific Referents

Hopi Prophecy: General Themes

Hopi Prophecy: Varying Themes 7

Symbols And Themes: Referents In Myth, Religion, Cosmology, And History Cultural, Mythic, And Religious Themes And Symbols

Delivering People From Trouble



Elder Brother

Themes With Cultural And Historical Referents

Historically Derived Themes

Changes In Prophecy

Pahaana, Tehano, Beheading, And Purification

“prophecy Rock:” A Way Back From The Divided Life?

Apocalypse Now, The Eternal Return, And The Redeemer

Analysis: Political Economic Context And Prophetic Discourse

Who Are The Prophets?

Four Case Studies Of Prophets And Their Prophecies

Case #1: Patupha To Cushing, 1882

The Politics Of Culture Contact And Colonialism

Case #2: Yukiwma And The Rivalry Of Righteousness

The Politics Of Economic Stress In The Contact Situation

A Change Of Heart?

Case #3: Tawakwaptiwa's Continuation Of The Paradox: Prophesying The End Of Ceremonies

Case #4: Traditionalist Prophecies

Components Of Traditionalist Prophecies

Conclusion: Hopi Mythic Prophecy In “unsettled” Cultural-historical Periods

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

Title: “Then you will rise and strike my head from my neck”: Hopi prophecy and the discourse of empowerment

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American Indian quarterly -- Vol. 19, no. 1

Published By: Original publisher American Indian quarterly -- Vol. 19, no. 1 Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 1995. 31-73 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Richard O. Clemmer

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 Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Ingroup antagonisms (578); Community heads (622); Public welfare (657); Political parties (665); Mythology (773); Revelation and divination (787); Prophets and ascetics (792);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This paper is a detailed analysis of Hopi mythic prophecies, their significance in Hopi society, and their relationship to the non-Hopi world. Clemmer attempts "…to explain why Hopi prophecy contains these two elements -- the stabilization of uncertainty on the one hand and the introduction of instability on the other -- by suggesting that 'punishment' is a metaphor for loss of political and economic autonomy and that 'punisher' is a metaphor for re-empowerment. All other referents in the prophetic mythic complex serve to connect it to specific symbols from Hopi tradition, culture, and religion; to symbols familiar to non-Hopis; and to the flow of historical events. The effect of these referents is to confirm the validity of the mythic prophecy to a multi-faceted audience of Hopis -- who seek empowerement -- and non-Hopis, who must be persuaded not to deny power to them" (pp. 32-33).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 57

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. nt09-057

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 68-73)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1968-1969

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1882 - 1990

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

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Hopi Indians


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