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 group of Awat’ovi existed peacefully on Arizona’s Antelope Mesa for generations till one bleak morning within the fall of 1700―raiders from within sight Hopi villages descended on Awat’ovi, slaughtering their neighboring males, girls, and youngsters. whereas little of the pueblo itself is still, 5 centuries of heritage lie underneath the low rises of sandstone masonry, and theories concerning the occasions of that evening are as continual because the desolate tract winds. The easternmost city on Antelope Mesa, Awat’ovi used to be popular 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 money owed, and vast archaeological examine, James Brooks unravels the tale and its importance. Mesa of Sorrows follows the development of an archaeological day trip, uncovering layer after layer of proof and theories. Brooks questions their reliability and exhibits how interpretations have been formed by means of educational, non secular and tribal politics. Piecing jointly 3 centuries of research, he deals perception into why a few have been spared―women, normally, and brought captive―and others sacrificed. He weighs theories that the assault was once in retribution for Awat’ovi having welcomed Franciscan missionaries or for the citizens’ perform of sorcery, and argues excellent hurricane of inner and exterior crises revitalized an historic 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.