A Swallow Press Book
By Frank Waters
“A distinguished ethnologist with a warm sympathy and a good reporter’s eye, Waters describes his experiences with the Hopi Indians in this book…He has the gift of immersing himself in his subject and shows clearly how the Hopis…are affected by the conflicts of modern life as are their white counterparts.”
“Frank Waters is one of the most provocative, frustrating and satisfying writers in America — his works have a reality that is frightening and a mysticism that is tantalizing and he is as hard to capture as a drop of mercury on the palm — but one thing you know from the reading of any of his works: he is one of the best, and most underrated, writers in our country today…You will go far to find a book with this depth and this wit and this philosophy. Recommended without qualification to any reader interested in the human condition and the mysticism of the spirit.”
Don H. Peterson, The Daily Times
Frank Waters lived for three years among the Hopi people of Arizona and was quickly drawn into their culture. Pumpkin Seed Point is a beautifully written personal account of Waters’s inner and outer experiences among the Hopi.
Frank Waters (1902–1995), one of the finest chroniclers of the American Southwest, wrote twenty-eight works of fiction and nonfiction. More info →
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“In addition to his accomplishments as a talented novelist, a thorough historian, and an excellent essayist, Frank Waters is that rare breed of man who has merged heart and mind early in his life and moved forward to confront ultimate questions. This dilemma of faith and heritage, religion and identity, and commitment and comfort has never been resolved intellectually.
The novels and nonfiction work of writer Frank Waters stand as a monument to his genius and to his lifetime quest to plumb the spiritual depths that he found for himself in the landscape and people of his beloved Southwest. In a career spanning more than half a century, he shared, through his many books, his insights and discoveries with countless readers across the globe.Now,
W. Y. Evans–Wentz, great Buddhist scholar and translator of such works as the Tibetan Book of the Dead and the Tibetan Book of the Great Liberation explores the astonishing parallels between the spiritual teaching of America’s native peoples and that of the deeply mystical Hindus and Tibetans.
Masked Gods is a vast book, a challenging and profoundly original account of the history, legends, and ceremonialism of the Navajo and Pueblo Indians of the Southwest. Following a brief but vivid history of the two tribes through the centuries of conquest, the book turns inward to the meaning of Native American legends and ritual—Navajo songs, Pueblo dances, Zuni kachina ceremonies.