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Hopi Dancers

I'm honored to be able to work with and serve Hopi people on a daily basis.  Some 25 years ago, I humbly asked a Hopi elder how an ignorant anglo as myself, could tell a Hopi from a Navajo (besides the name, etc).  She answered, without smiling... "We're the ones who smile".  She paused, then burst out in laughter!

 

The name Hopi is a shortened form of their autonym, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu ("The Peaceful People" or "Peaceful Little Ones").  The Hopi Dictionary gives the primary meaning of the word "Hopi" as: "behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi way." In the past, Hopi sometimes used the term "Hopi" and its cognates to refer to the Pueblo Peoples in general, in contrast to other, more warlike tribes.

 

Hopi is a concept deeply rooted in the culture's religion, spirituality, and its view of morality and ethics. To be Hopi is to strive toward this concept, which involves a state of total reverence and respect for all things, to be at peace with these things, and to live in accordance with the instructions of Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth. The Hopi observe their traditional ceremonies for the benefit of the entire world.

 

photoblog image Hopi Festival 2018 7 copy.jpg

Hopi Dancers

I'm honored to be able to work with and serve Hopi people on a daily basis.  Some 25 years ago, I humbly asked a Hopi elder how an ignorant anglo as myself, could tell a Hopi from a Navajo (besides the name, etc).  She answered, without smiling... "We're the ones who smile".  She paused, then burst out in laughter!

 

The name Hopi is a shortened form of their autonym, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu ("The Peaceful People" or "Peaceful Little Ones").  The Hopi Dictionary gives the primary meaning of the word "Hopi" as: "behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi way." In the past, Hopi sometimes used the term "Hopi" and its cognates to refer to the Pueblo Peoples in general, in contrast to other, more warlike tribes.

 

Hopi is a concept deeply rooted in the culture's religion, spirituality, and its view of morality and ethics. To be Hopi is to strive toward this concept, which involves a state of total reverence and respect for all things, to be at peace with these things, and to live in accordance with the instructions of Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth. The Hopi observe their traditional ceremonies for the benefit of the entire world.

 

photoblog image Hopi Festival 2018 7 copy.jpg

comments (22)

  • Harry
  • USA
  • 6 Aug 2018, 01:26
looks like a fun celebration
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It was! The annual Hopi Festival at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff.
Good shot of the dancers under difficult conditions, Elizabeth. A shame we cant here the drummers.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Frank - I appreciate that... I always feel the dancers get lost in the background... The drumming would be great! Maybe I'll have a YouTube link later in the week!
I had no clue about any of this related to the Hopi, Elizabeth. How wonderful to know. Thank you for paying tribute to them so beautifully.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm happy to educate you about these amazing people! Thank you!
Jolies photos colorées.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The costumes are very colorful, indeed!
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 6 Aug 2018, 06:14
Beautiful pictures of them, Elizabeth and thank you for your write-up. I always admire their cloths and shoes, so colourful.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Astrid! You're very welcome!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 6 Aug 2018, 06:19
Do the Hopi still live by these principles today, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: All that I have met, Lisl. They are lovely, lovely people. Very creative, as well - they're jewelry is to die for. Frank and I wear wedding bands designed and created by Hopi artists.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:05
Super stuff Elizabeth. How nice to know about these delightful sounding people
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Chris! I'm glad you appreciate this post!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:22
It sounds like if the rest of the world followed Hopi principles, then it would be a much better place. Love their footwear.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It definitely would, Alan!
They sound lovely people E. It must be rewarding to work with them
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are, Bill - And I've learned to appreciate the difference between Hopi & Navajo personalities. Nothing at all wrong with Navajo - I love them, too. But Hopi always seem that much more happy, and ready with a smile!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 6 Aug 2018, 07:58
They have a great colourful culture.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed, they do!
Quite picturesque
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Claudio!
You've mentioned these people before, it is great to now read more about them, it seems to me the world could learn a lot from these people, especially POTUS!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm glad you appreciate this post, Brian! Yes- the world needs to listen to the indigenous peoples - they understand more than we!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Aug 2018, 11:39
Hopping Hopis are almost like Jumping Jehosavat. Easy to say. Maybe with a smile.

In a way (maybe the clothing and other attributes) they remind me of flower children.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ha! Definitely with a smile!
I think you're onto something... perhaps the original flower children!
A most interesting commentary, and a fine shot to accompany it...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Larry! I do love working with the indigenous south west peoples. They are all beautiful in my mind!
I would think their artwork and decoration would tell them apart in ceremonial dress but everyday jeans and shirtsleeves in the office would be a problem.

I love the live branches or plant. Their feathers are different than what you would find here.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm still learning to tell the difference in the ceremonies, the costumes, the jewelry... part of the problem is the industriousness of the Navajo. They've stolen many Hopi designs and customs to cash in on them.

They're holding Juniper bunches - an important native tree here. The feathers now are often Turkey, and from birds of prey when they can find them. They rarely hunt birds for their costumes anymore.
There sounds to be plenty of hope for the Hopi with these high ideals and principals, are there many of them ?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Unfortunately, no. The 2017 census placed them at less than 12,000. They have been leaving the reservation and inter-marrying with Navajo, Ute, Zuni, Hispanic and Anglo, among others.
they are so colourful and full of talent Elizabeth... i like these shots....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They truly are, Peter! Thank you!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 6 Aug 2018, 19:33
What colorful and ornate ritual clothing that they wear!! Thank you for the background information as well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love all the decorations! You're welcome Steven!

PS... so sorry about the recent violence in your fine city. I hope something can be done. These poor people. I may be in your neck of the woods for a conference at the end of October... any suggestions for dinner near McCormick Place???
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Aug 2018, 19:34
an intriguing picture and an interesting explanation
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Paul!
Would that all the world were hopi!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: YES! Agreed!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 7 Aug 2018, 04:22
i especially love the boots
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are great!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 7 Aug 2018, 13:49
There is a place called "Third Star" inside the Hyatt Regency that has good food at decent prices.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Ah! I'll write that down! Thank you! smile

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