How the World Moves

How the World Moves

The Odyssey of An American Indian Family

Book - 2015
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"A compelling portrait of cultural transition and assimilation via the saga of one Acoma Pueblo Indian family. Born in 1861 in New Mexico's Acoma Pueblo, Edward Proctor Hunt lived a tribal life almost unchanged for centuries. But after attending government schools he broke with his people's ancient codes to become a shopkeeper and controversial broker between Indian and white worlds. As a Wild West Show Indian he traveled in Europe with his family, and saw his sons become silversmiths, painters, and consultants on Indian Lore. In 1928, in a life-culminating experience, he recited his version of the origin myth of Acoma Pueblo to Smithsonian Institution scholars. Nabokov narrates the fascinating story of Hunt's life within a multicultural and historical context. Chronicling Pueblo Indian life and Anglo/Indian relations over the last century and a half, he explores how this entrepreneurial family capitalized on the nation's passion for Indian culture. In this rich book, Nabokov dramatizes how the Hunts, like immigrants throughout history, faced anguishing decisions over staying put or striking out for economic independence, and experienced the pivotal passage from tradition to modernity."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780670024889
0670024880
Branch Call Number: 973.04974 N112h 2015
Characteristics: 550 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Nabokov’s astute grasp proves equal to his ambitious reach in this epic story of a Pueblo family at odds with its traditional culture and making its way through the complex maze of shifting Anglo views of Indians and their place in American society. Nabokov’s ability to place this multigeneratio... Read More »


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