The Hohokam Dig

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Author: Theodore Pratt
Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,541 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 922
Added to site: 2009.08.25 25098

At first they thought the attack was a joke. And then they realized the truth!

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cca net. George asked for a drink from it and when he tasted it and found it fresh it was wondrous to him that its water was hundreds of years old. He brought out a thermos, showing the Indians the modern version of carrying water. They tasted of its contents and exclaimed at its coolness. Good Fox held the thermos, admiring it.

"Would you like to have it?" asked George.

"You would give it to me?" the handsome young Indian asked.

"It's yours."

"Then I give you mine." He gave George his clay water jug and could not know how much more valuable it was than the thermos.

George then took them to the portable television set and turned it on. When faces, music, and words appeared the Indians jerked back, then jabbered and gathered closer to watch. A girl singer, clad in a gown that came up to her neck, caused Moon Water to inquire, "Why does she hide herself? Is she ashamed?"

The standards of modesty, George reflected as he glanced at the lovely nude form of the prehistoric


Average Rating of 1 from 2 reviews: *
JoJo Biggins

This is truly a terrible story, but not for reasons given by the previous reviewer.

The author does not call Indians "Red Men", but rather refers to them once as "red men", while all other times the word "Indian" is used. Neither term is used negatively.

The Indians wear only a breechclout, and there is one female who is topless, but in no way is this presented sexually. The white men do not ogle her.

The one thing the prior reviewer got right is that this is not science fiction because there is no science involved in the impetus of the story. This should be considered fantasy because it is based on magic.

Beyond these things, the writing is very poor. There is much repetition and juvenile presentation.

In a nutshell, the entire story is about a group of ancient Indians that come into the modern world, are shown several modern wonders which they see as evil, and then the Indians decide to go back in time - even though they know they are facing death. A primitive attempt at liberal propaganda.

Sonnet Monger

"I believe they have spiritual powers beyond the capability of the white man."

Cringe-worthy. Two modern-day scientists run into a band of pre-historic Indians (the author also uses the term Red Men) and everyone just happens to speak Pima and have names like Moon Water and Good Fox. The one female character runs around topless so the "men with white skin" can ogle her.

Not Science Fiction, not written well, not worth your time. If I could have rated it a 0 I would.

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