Four Corners Mythology

Explaining the World Through Mythology: Tales of Far-Away Lands and Long-Ago Times

Presented by Sharonah Fredrick, Assistant Director, ACMRS

Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 6:30pm
Southeast Regional Library - Gilbert
775 N. Greenfield Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234
Free and open to the public

The land of the Four Corners, the American Southwest, is a region rich in philosophy and the cosmic significance of the “Four Quarters.” This geography of desert and rock holds the sacred spaces in which, according to Navajo, Hopi, and Apache thought, the forces of the Universe and the Corn Mother first danced the world into being. In this very Arizona-based session of great medieval oral literature, we will share heroic epics of the ancient Hopi, which focus on the Universal Hero twins and their earthly role as divine Koshare clowns; Navajo parables of the spirits of the ancestors and their teachings for the world of their descendants, in the different universes that are simultaneously inhabited; and Apache tales of heroism, the vision quest, conflict and sacrifice, and star-crossed love.