On Christmas Day, 1880, a young doctor from Madison, Indiana, arrived at Keams Canyon, Arizona, to be the physician at the Moqui [Hopi] Pueblo Indian Agency. From early in 1881 until the summer of 1888, Jeremiah Sullivan lived on the Hopi First Mesa, practicing medicine, participating in the social and ceremonial life of the community, and recording songs and narratives. Soon dismissed as agency physician, arrested, threatened with expulsion by military force, blacklisted from employment by the Commissioner of Indian Affairs and the Smithsonian Institution, slandered by Frank Hamilton Cushing, and all but forgotten in the history of anthropology, Sullivan's residence among the Hopi was the immediate cause of the creation of the 1882 Executive Order Moqui [Hopi] Pueblo Indian Reservation. Based on over thirty years of archival and field research, here for the first time is the story of "Jere Sullivan, M.D." and biographies of his contemporaries: the Hopi men, Wiki and Polacca; the students of Pueblo architecture, Cosmos and Victor Mindeleff; the ethnologists, F. H. Cushing (Zuni), Washington Matthews (Navajo), and A. M. Stephen (Navajo and Hopi).
Louis A. Hieb has written and edited over twenty articles and books on the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Hispanic peoples of the Southwest.
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Published: Rio Grande Books - March 14th, 2018