Here her biographer records Qoyowayma's break with the traditions of her This is the story of the Hopi woman who chose in her early youth to live in the white man's world. Here her biographer records Qoyowayma's break with the traditions of her people and her struggle to gain acceptance for her radical teaching methods. Throughout her life this remarkable woman has held to the best in Hopi culture and has fought to maintain it in the lives of her students. Her story, rich in information on Hopi legend and ceremony, is a moving introduction to the Hopi way of life.
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Sort order. Jul 03, John rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Interests in the American ndian experience. Shelves: az-books. May I do good, as Corn has done for my people Through all the days that were. Until my task is done and evening falls Oh, Mighty Spirit, hear my grinding song. She is young and has, of her own volition, joined the white mans' school in her Hopi village: Oraibi, AZ. Her story focuses on the ostracism she indured from her tribe for taking on the white mans' ways, her development into a teacher and attainment of a pinnacle of achievment.
While accepting Christianity she retains much of her Hopi core values, love of space and balance with nature, but she sees an imperitive in culturally moving forward and that education is key to bringing the Indian living experience out of the stone age. She becomes a teacher. We all realize uncountable sufferings were endured by the American Indian. That is not her story. Here is a lady, a woman, that does not regret her involvement with anglo influences, no axe to grind, no recriminations.
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Not for the impatient, but rather to be seen uninterrupted, with serene mind, to its conclusion. View 1 comment. May 04, Kendal Washington White rated it really liked it. I really found this book to be profound in that it helps the reader understand the challenges individuals face when they are the first to do something, or to go against the traditions of family, culture, etc.
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Polingaysi details her transiiton from a traditional Hopi Nation girl to willingly receiving the "white man's education" at boarding schools, and the struggles to fit in with her family and the Hopi people and also within the White society. Very well done.
What an amazing memoir of a wonderful woman who changed many lives and succeeded despite the judgements of everyone else during hard times. I loved how she chose her own path. Dec 12, Marysue Ryan rated it it was amazing. Excellent book. Feb 20, Nathan rated it it was amazing. Jun 08, Laurie marked it as to-read. Picked this up at the Grand Canyon book store -- so far, interesting and relevant -- as a teacher, she has straddled two cultures -- I have just begun to read her book.
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A good, well-written personal account of a woman who felt torn between her traditional Hopi culture and the white world. Oct 04, Sally rated it it was amazing. I absolutely recommend this. It is poignant and perspective broadening. When I walked inside the Museum, I saw people looking at old black and white photographs that hung on the walls.
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And in a side room at the east end of the Museum, Jean Keller was talking about her new book on student health at Sherman Institute. She was sharing at length about her work at the Museum and the documents she had uncovered in the vault. Jean says more about this in her book Empty Beds:. Tissue pages of letterpress books remain stuck together by ink not completely dried when closed; loose documents are packaged in brown paper and tied with red ribbon.
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I still remember the first time I stepped inside the Museum vault. I was a new graduate student at the University of California, Riverside, and I had come to the Museum to research Hopis who attended the school. Inside the vault, Lori Sisquoc, Director of the Museum, showed me documents of all kinds, including the administrative letterpress books that Keller consulted for her book. Lori told me that school officials such as Harwood Hall and Frank Conser used the books to make copies of their letters.
Hall and Conser addressed the letters to students, their parents, high-ranking U. Apart from the documents, items in the vault included photographs, pottery, and beautiful paintings. During my graduate program, I returned to the vault on many occasions. It did not take long for me to come across and catalogue trophies that Hopi students had won. Hopi runner Philip Zeyouma from the village of Mishongovi on Second Mesa won two first-place trophy cups in the collection. His victory earned him an opportunity to run in the Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden, but instead of competing, he returned home to his village community on the reservation.
While the U. My grandfather, Victor Sakiestewa, Sr. One of the people I interviewed was Samuel Shingoitewa, from the village of Upper Moencopi, who went to Sherman in the s.
Since many Hopis of his generation have fond memories of the orange groves that once surrounded the school, I brought him two bags of oranges from Riverside. Later in the afternoon I traveled east to the village of Bacavi on Third Mesa to interview Bessie Humetewa Talasitewa who went to Sherman from to Still feeling the pain of that moment, Bessie said that once they arrived in Winslow, they boarded a Santa Fe train for Southern California.
As she recalled these details, she reminded me that Hopi mothers rarely showed this level of emotion in public. She made new friends, but always kept close to other Hopis from her community. At the end of the interview, I asked Bessie if she remembered any of the Hopis who joined her in Riverside.
I thought she would perhaps mention a few people, but amazingly she spent the next several minutes naming every Hopi student by village, beginning with students from Bacavi. I was not surprised when Bessie recalled the names of each Hopi student according to their village. Bessie and her peers originated from close, tightknit communities where they established and reaffirmed their identity as Hopi people by their clan and village affiliations. In the s, Hopis traveled to Southern California from one of twelve autonomous villages on three mesas in northeastern Arizona.
Still others left for school from the small farming village of Moencopi near Tuba City, Arizona. Although every Hopi who attended Sherman had a close affiliation with the school, they never lost their association with their village.