By James F. Brooks
A scrupulously researched research of the mysterious bloodbath of Hopi Indians at Awat'ovi, and the event's echo via American history.
The Hopi neighborhood of Awat’ovi existed peacefully on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa for generations till one bleak morning within the fall of 1700―raiders from close by Hopi villages descended on Awat’ovi, slaughtering their neighboring males, ladies, and kids. whereas little of the pueblo itself continues to be, 5 centuries of historical past lie underneath the low rises of sandstone masonry, and theories concerning the occasions of that evening are as chronic because the wilderness winds. The easternmost city on Antelope Mesa, Awat’ovi used to be well known for its martial energy, and have been the gateway to the total Hopi panorama for hundreds of years. Why did kinsmen aim it for destruction?
Drawing on oral traditions, archival bills, and broad archaeological examine, James Brooks unravels the tale and its value. Mesa of Sorrows follows the development of an archaeological day trip, uncovering layer after layer of facts and theories. Brooks questions their reliability and indicates how interpretations have been formed through educational, non secular and tribal politics. Piecing jointly 3 centuries of research, he bargains perception into why a few have been spared―women, normally, and brought captive―and others sacrificed. He weighs theories that the assault used to be in retribution for Awat’ovi having welcomed Franciscan missionaries or for the citizens’ perform of sorcery, and argues excellent typhoon of inner and exterior crises revitalized an old cycle of formality bloodshed and purification.
A haunting account of a stunning bloodbath, Mesa of Sorrows is a probing exploration of ways societies confront painful histories, and why communal violence nonetheless plagues us today.