Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Mona Spangler:

An Inventory of Her Collection, 1967-1972 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Spangler, Mona
Title: Mona Spangler Collection,
Dates: 1967-1972 and undated
Abstract: The collection holds audio recordings made by Mona Spangler to document the Hopi nation of Arizona.
Collection # AV 0147
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. Their full name, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu, means “the peaceful people”, and almost 20,000 live in the US. Their reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties in Arizona, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas.

Since time immemorial the Hopi have lived in Hopitutskwa and maintained sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as civilized and humble farmers, respectful of the land and its resources, while maintaining their culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.

Between 1967 and 1972 New Mexico artist Mona Spangler made many sound recordings of Hopi religious, cultural and political events. Some of these were broadcast on KPFA-FM and the Pacifica radio network, especially regarding efforts to “modernize” the villages with paved roads, electricity and water systems. Spangler’s daughter Sheryl and Tony Isaacs arranged for the tapes to be archived in the Southwest Collection.

Scope and Content

The collection comprises audio recordings on 1/4-inch reel-to-reel tape made my Mona Spangler, largely in the Hopi Indian villages in Arizona. Topics include ceremonies, dances, language and political resistance to "modernization" efforts by the US government. Other material was collected during the occupation of Alcatraz prison by the Indians of All Tribes organization from 1969 to 1971. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

To honor the wishes of the traditional Hopi elders who authorized the recordings, these sound files may not be used in any way that would earn money for anyone. They wished their words to be shared with all who would listen, Hopi and non-Hopi alike.

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Katchongua, Dan.
Monongye, David.
Spangler, Mona.
Subjects (Organizations)
Hopi Indians.
Stockholm Environment Institute.
Subjects (Places)
Black Mesa (Navajo County and Apache County, Ariz.)--History--20th century.
Hotevilla (Ariz.)
Hopi Buttes (Ariz.)
Alcatraz Island (Calif.)--History--Indian occupation, 1969-1971.
Hopi language.
Hopi Indians--Music.
Hopi Indians--Political activity--1960-1980.

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mona Spangler Collection, 1967-1972 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2014

Processed by

Cindy Stanukinos and Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory

Audio-Visual Materials

1/4-inch audio tape, 4-inch reels
box item
1 1 Empty Reel, undated
2 Empty Reel, undated
1/4-inch audio tape, 5-inch reels
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1 3 Hopi-2, David Monongye and Chiefs, cornfield song, thunder, David's response party, La Hongua in Morncopi, 1967
4 Hopi-3, Unedited, incompletely translated copy of James, Chief Katchongua, Thomas Jackson, Mina-Hopi Language, 1967
5 Hopi-4, Butterfly Dance, unedited, untranslated james, Chief Katchongua, Thomas Jackson, 1967
6 Hopi-5, Dan and village (sounds), Dan Kotchanga, David Monongye, others Hopi Language, 1967
7 Hopi-6, Dan Katchongua-chief religious leader, protest of government intrusion, Chief song, 1967
8 Hotevilla Home Dance Music, Niman, 1967
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1 9 Hotevilla Home Dance music, 1967
10 Hopi-1, Hopi Protest, Niman Ceremony, 1967-1968
11 Hopi-10, Mona Spangler-Hopi Corn Songs (radio tape), Shungopavi Kiva short piece (Radio tape), one Navajo song, 1968
12 Dan Katchongua and others, Jim Garrison , 1968
13 Rolling Thunder, Thomas Semu, Clifton Hill, 1968
14 Hopi-8, Alcatraz Indians, The Pill, Ida Honor of Consumer Reports, Lower Speed, Ecology, Folk Music, 1970
15 Hopi-9, G "Rape at Black Mesa", wound tails out, 1971
16 Hopi-7, Mina's Speech in Hopi Language, interpretation in English by Mina's niece, 1972
17 Hopi trip to Stockholm Ecology Conference, Navajo blanket, poems, and stories at Black Mesa, 1972
18 Blank Reel, undated
19 Empty Reel, undated
1/4-inch audio tape, 7-inch reels
box item
1 20 Hopi Hoteville Broadcast from KPFA, Mona Spangler, James Kootz, 1969
Compact Disc CD audio
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1 21 Hoteville Home Dance, undated
22 Hopi Radio Show-KPFA, undated
DVD Disc
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1 23 Hopi Tapes (10 tape set)-Mona Spangler, part 1, undated
24 Hopi Tapes (10 tape set)-Mona Spangler, part 2, undated
VHS video cassette
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1 25 Techqua Ikachi ("Land, My Life"), 1990s


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1 26 Large Metal Band-Aid container with splicing tape inside, undated
27 Medium Metal Band-Aid container with splicing and timing tape inside, undated
27 One package of [used] timing tape, undated
28 Tape splicer, undated