Originally, Hopi men didn’t wear much clothing– only breechcloths or short kilts (men’s skirts). Hopi women wore knee-length cotton dresses called mantas. A manta fastened at a woman’s right shoulder, leaving her left shoulder bare.
Today, many Hopi people still wear moccasins or mantas, but they wear modern clothes like jeans instead of a breechcloth and they only wear legging wraps or kilts on special occasions like a dance.
The food that the Hopi tribe ate included meat obtained by the men who hunted deer, small game and turkeys. As farmers the Hopi Tribe produced crops of corn, beans, sunflower seeds, squash, and melons in terraced fields. Crops and meat were supplemented by nuts, berries and fruits.
The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. Over the centuries we have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain our culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.
Hopi language, a North American Indian language of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken by the Hopi people of northeastern Arizona.
The Hopi grew cotton which was carded and spun and woven into cloth. Cotton sarongs wrapped around the waist and tied with a belt were worn by men in the mid-16th century. In cold weather, women used blankets of white cotton, and men used robes made from wildcat skins or rabbit skins interwoven with cotton yarn.
Cotton was historically farmed by the Hopi. When the Spanish encountered the Hopi, the fields of cotton were said to stretch for ‘several leagues’. Cotton grows best in areas that have good moisture and full sun.
If you’d like to know an easy Hopi word, “ha’u” (sounds a little like hah-uh) means “hello” in Hopi.
The primary meaning of the word “Hopi” is ” behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi Way.” Some sources contrast this to other warring tribes that subsist on plunder.
The Hopi people trace their history in Arizona to more than 2,000 years, but their history as a people goes back many more thousands of years. According to their legends, the Hopi migrated north to Arizona from the south, up from what is now South America, Central America and Mexico.
The Clovis culture, the earliest definitively-dated Paleo-Indians in the Americas, appears around 11,500 RCBP (radiocarbon years Before Present), equivalent to 13,500 to 13,000 calendar years ago.
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.
The Hopi religion is very complex. It has a very developed belief system with many gods and spirits; this includes Earth Mother, Sky Father, the Sun, the Moon, kachinas (invisible spirits of life), and Masaw (the world’s guardian spirit).
The flag of the Hopi Nation is used by the Native American Hopi people of Arizona in the United States who live on the Hopi Reservation. The flag is a vertical tricolour of turquoise, white, and yellow, with the Hopi symbol in the middle. The flag is accompanied by a red fringe.
A few native Hopi names remain though: Chosposi, Ciji, Hehewuti, Hola, Honovi, Humita, Kasa, Kaya, Lenmana, Mansi, Muna, Nampayu, Nampeo, Nova, Shuman, Sunki, Takala, Talasi, Tansy, Tcu Mana, Toski, Totsi, Tuwa, Una, Yamka, Yoki and Zihna for girls; and Ahote, Alo, Apha, Cheauka, Kele, Len, Lololoma, Makya, Matcito,