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photoblog image Hopi Butterfly Dance

Hopi Butterfly Dance

 

The Hopi Butterfly Dance is a traditional social dance that takes place in August and early September over a period of two days. The dance occurs after the gathering of the harvest and presentation of the Snake Dance.

 

It is one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the Hopi ceremonial dances. Up to a hundred or more pairs of dancers will fill the village mesa to preform the dance. The main participants include both youths and adults. The village men provide the prayer songs for the dance. Everyone dances lightly, keeping time with the drumbeat while the dancers hand movement symbolizes the songs meaning.

 

Like most Hopi ceremonies, the Butterfly Dance is a petition for rain, good health and long life for all living things. The dance also recognizes the butterfly for its beauty and its contribution in pollinating plant life.

 

 

photoblog image Hopi Festival 2018 1 B.jpg

 

Hopi Butterfly Dance

 

The Hopi Butterfly Dance is a traditional social dance that takes place in August and early September over a period of two days. The dance occurs after the gathering of the harvest and presentation of the Snake Dance.

 

It is one of the most beautiful and spectacular of the Hopi ceremonial dances. Up to a hundred or more pairs of dancers will fill the village mesa to preform the dance. The main participants include both youths and adults. The village men provide the prayer songs for the dance. Everyone dances lightly, keeping time with the drumbeat while the dancers hand movement symbolizes the songs meaning.

 

Like most Hopi ceremonies, the Butterfly Dance is a petition for rain, good health and long life for all living things. The dance also recognizes the butterfly for its beauty and its contribution in pollinating plant life.

 

 

photoblog image Hopi Festival 2018 1 B.jpg

 

comments (18)

  • Beth
  • United States
  • 8 Aug 2018, 01:29
Wonderful photo! I love the intensity that you were able to capture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Beth! They're very serious... and wonderful to watch!
More good stuff, Elizabeth, I like the video, that would have been easier to shoot at !
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank!
Me too.... We'll go out to Hopi with the Tabho family soon... maybe we'll catch a social festival!
J'aime le nom de cette danse.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's very pretty, isn't it!
Not to be sacrilegious, Elizabeth, but at first I thought he was playing ping-pong. grin But seriously, I have always loved watching our Native Americans doing their dances (something I watched for 3 summers in a row while at the University of Oklahoma eons ago).
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile I can see how you'd make that mistake!!!
The ceremonial dances are mesmerizing, aren't they! And, like the Hawaiian Hula - they tell a story!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Aug 2018, 06:04
I have noticed what gentle faces the Hopi have
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They do have beautiful features. I work with a Hopi girl who is just gorgeous - and sweet as pie!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 8 Aug 2018, 06:20
The Hopi dress is very attractive to my eye
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chris - I agree with you!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Aug 2018, 06:33
It all sounds wonderful and I can just picture the colourful dancers. Actually, I can see it for myself on your video clip.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is great fun - we hope to visit Hopi soon - as one of my coworkers is from there, and she's invited us to a ceremony.
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 8 Aug 2018, 06:47
This is beautiful, Elizabeth. I love the video (and your pictures) very much, fun to see how the youngsters try to keep up with the adults. Keeps them in good shape too. This must have been quite the performance to be there in person.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Astrid! I do love watching the little ones!!!
Une coutume très interessante à  découvrir ,de cette jeune femme est vraiment très belle Merci pour la video ..
Bonne journée
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so pleased I could introduce you, Claudine! The Hopi people are really lovely in every way!
A sight to see E.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It always is!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Aug 2018, 08:01
It looks like he is playing table tennis with a swollen bat.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You and Ginnie thought the same thing! It's a corn rattle!
The turquoise jumps out. I love the video.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Turquoise is one of my favorites (the color and the stone!). I enjoyed watching the little ones in the video... trying to keep up!
This really must be a sight to see. I note the use of the 'S' word, do they actually hold any while they are doing the dance, and if so did Frank hide behind you smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's very enjoyable!
The snake dance does involve live snakes. But not as a snake worshipping kind of thing. They believe they came from the underground - as do snakes. So snakes are seen as sacred in a way - and the snake dance is an offering of a pure "brother" animal to the rain Gods.
  • Anne
  • France
  • 8 Aug 2018, 15:12
That must be great to see!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's truly wonderful!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 8 Aug 2018, 16:02
some definite concentration on her face in the top image
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes indeed! He was one of only two males in this dance - and this guy definitely led the crowd.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Aug 2018, 17:16
Beautiful girl with the red striped cheeks. The Hopi do draw a lot of attention.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't she lovely! The Hopi do have really beautiful features.
One wonders how far these ceremonies reflect any longer the original belief systems? Would the Hopi be characterised as "pagan", or have they been Christianised? Personally, I'd hope they hadn't been!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The interesting thing is... they seem to combine Christianity with their native beliefs. Most of the Hopi's I know consider themselves Christian. Yet - they also have a strong belief in their history and customs. I think they now see offering to the "God's" (i.e. the rain God, the corn God...) are offerings to the Biblical God. In keeping with their native beliefs... a Christian should STILL be a steward of the Earth, and revere every living thing - as everything is a gift, and a brother.
I'm really enjoying this colourful and informative series, Elizabeth. You are so fortunate to have such a close association with the Hopi.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so pleased you're enjoying this series, Beverly! I do love my indigenous friends and am happy to introduce them to you! I am blessed!

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