492pp. Contents crisp, clean and tightly bound. minor shelfwear to cover and block.
The book that is presented here comprises the nine southwestern chapters of a larger work, pulished in 1973 under a title A Natural History of Associations: a study in the meaning of community, plus an Epilogue to the nine chapters written in 1985.
The book falls in four Parts. In the first three, the author describes the daily round of traditional Hopi life, the part played in it by the ceremonies which make up the religious year, and the underlying concepts upon which the ceremonies rest. In part four, and in the Epilogue, he outlines the ecology of the Great Basin Shoshoni, traces the emergence in the San Juan drainage of settled farming comunities living in stone-built pueblos, and defines the ecosystem to which 7 historic, Hopi villages belonged. As the ecosystem to which the villages belonged depended for its stability on certain values implicit in Hopi culture, the Hopi themselves, he argues, could only survive in that environment, and in that way, so long as they continued to hold these values, i.e. to be that kind of person. In the final section, he recounts the sequence of events that led to the breakdown of the ecosystem - and to the disintegration of the old pueblo of Oraibi.