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Peter Whiteley lecture: "What's in a Hopi Name?"

Thursday, October 24, 2013
12:00 AM
U-M Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, # 1022

Hopi personal names and place names encode a wealth of cultural information. Personal names are like haikus: compact poetic images of aesthetic forms or natural events. Place names are guideposts of cosmology, historical consciousness, and cultural practices. This talk addresses some dimensions of Hopitutungwni, Hopi names.

About Peter Whiteley:

Peter Whitely is curator and professor of anthropology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. He studies the cultures, social structures, social histories, and environmental relations in Native North America from the 17th century to the present. His research focuses on four areas: Hopi society, culture, and polity in northern Arizona, based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research over the last two decades; Cayuga and other Six Nations Iroquois social and political history in northeastern North America and the trans-Mississippi West, based on continuing ethnographic fieldwork and archival research begun in 1999; Hupa society and culture in northwestern California, based on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research beginning in 1993; and Eastern and Western Pueblo intercultural relations and sociopolitical transformations during and after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, informed by ongoing ethno-historic research among the Pueblos, and archival research, with current and recent projects on the destruction of Awat'ovi, a Hopi town, in 1700, as part of a Hopi revitalization movement.