The Hopi are widely known for their spirituality and beliefs rooted in Animism. They believe in powerful ancestral spirits or deities called Kachinas. They can be animals or natural elements that possess the magical power of healing, bringing rainfall, and protecting the Hopi tribe.
The precise origin of the Hopi is unknown, although it is thought that they and other Pueblo peoples descended from the Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), whom the Hopi call Hisatsinom, “Ancient People.” Archaeology has revealed that some abandoned pueblos, such as Sikyatki and Awatovi, were once occupied by Hopi people.
The Hopi are deeply religious people who live by an ethic of peace and goodwill. They have worked very hard to retain their culture, language, and religion, despite outside influences. They are widely known for their crafts—pottery, silver overlay, and baskets.
According to Hopi prophecy (as reported by Waters), shortly after the Blue Star Kachina is visible to all and the Day of Purification is realized, the True White Brother will come to earth in search of Hopi “who steadfastly adhere to their ancient teachings.” It is said that if the True White Brother fails in his
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. The reservation occupies part of Coconino and Navajo counties, encompasses more than 1.5 million acres, and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas. It is our hope that this website will provide current and useful information about the Hopi Tribe.
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|Executive Leadership (updated January 2021)||Contact Information:|
|Timothy L. Nuvangyaoma, Chairman||Address: PO Box 123|
|Clark W. Tenakhongva., Vice Chairman||Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039|
|Tribal Secretary (vacant)||Phone: 928-734-2441|
|Wilfred L. Gaseoma, Treasurer||Website: http://www.hopi-nsn.gov|
The Hopi of the southwestern United States are a matrilineal society with matrilocal residence.
The Hopi language is a Native American language of the Uto-Aztecan language family, which is spoken by some 5,000 Hopi people in the Hopi Reservation in Northeastern Arizona, US. In the large Hopi dictionary there is no word exactly corresponding to the English noun “time”.
Kachinas are spirits or personifications of things in the real world. These spirits are believed to visit the Hopi villages during the first half of the year. The local pantheon of kachinas varies from pueblo community to community.
Men and women both wore deerskin moccasins on their feet. For dances and special occasions, women painted their moccasins white and wrapped white strips of deerskin around their shins as leggings. The Hopis did not traditionally wear Native American headdresses.
The Navajo reservation was established to keep the people confined to a specific area of land. In contrast, a reservation surrounding Hopi villages was created expressly to keep certain non-Indian peoples out of the area.
Agricultural Production: Hopi Dry Land Farming along with natural spring water irrigated fields in the Moenkopi Villages of various Hopi crops (corn, squash, beans, melons, etc.) and other vegetables & fruit trees.
A federally recognized tribe, the Hopi Indians live on the Hopi reservation surrounded by the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona. The Hopi are also known as “Moki” and “Moqui,” both which are considered demeaning terms.
Most Hopi accounts of creation center around Tawa, the sun spirit. Tawa is the creator, and it was he who formed the “First World” out of Tokpella, or endless space, as well as its original inhabitants. In some versions of the Hopi creation myth, it is she who creates all life under the direction of Sotuknang.