Kya muya – Resting Moon

Hopi Homeland

We are again blessed to see the light of the Resting Moon. It marks the completion of yet another Hopi life cycle. This is a time to find a quiet place, to reflect, to tell stories, to seek mindfulness and slow down.

During this moon phase, Hopi Elders tell stories to the little ones to teach them the Hopi world view and how to live with the land. We are all children, learning as we move through the phases of life. Here is a message from Hopi…

Standing with Time

“Hopi do not have a word for Wilderness and setting aside land for wilderness is not practiced. All Land should be respected and all land is used only for Survival, whether it be physical, spiritual or mental. Our religion does not teach us to subdue the Earth. Our religion teaches us to take care of the Earth in a spiritual way as Stewards of the Land.”

Ancestral Home

“Hopis do not view cultural resources as ruins, as abandoned or artifacts of the past. To the Hopi, these villages were left, as is when people were given a sign to move on. These homes, kivas, storehouses, and everything else that makes a community, were left exactly as they were because it is our belief the Hopi will someday return. Our people are still there.” 

A woman’s hand

“Today the Hopi designate these ruins as a symbol of their sovereign flag. Potsherds are left in abundance, usually broken into small pieces with the trademarks showing. These are the footprints of the occupants. Hopis believe that ruins should remain untouched because when anything is taken it breaks down the value of holding the village in place.”

“Hopi prophecy recognizes these cultural resources as part of today’s living culture. They indeed should be protected for the future of our people. Most of the time the way white men view protection, interpretation, and education seems not to be the Hopi Way. For Hopis, protection is based purely upon the honor system, upon respect and trust. Sometimes Hopis feel that the things they believe – honor, respect, and trust – are not compatible with other societies but we continue to think it should be the Hopi Way.”

Following the sound of Time

“The Hopi Way of measuring the value of cultural resources and other so-called artifacts is not in terms of money. Rather it is their importance for life today and their future destiny. The future of the Hopi is a great burden to them because we believe we must live a life of spiritual meditation and humbleness to take this corrupt world, which will get worse, into the better world.”

Shrine of the Land

“Yes, we believe in the fifth world and our spiritual integrity must be strong to keep our ruined villages alive. Our houses, kivas and our shrines at the ruined village perimeters must be kept warm and active. We rely on our spiritual ancestors who passed this way and are still there to receive the messages.”

Ferrell Secakuku, Hopi, Sipaulovi Village, AZ

 Excerpted from an article that appeared in the Proceedings of the National Inter-Agency Wilderness Conference, held in Tucson, AZ May 17-21, 1993

Beauty Making by the Mimbres Potter

Iconic Mimbres Picture Making

A Mimbres graphic image on pottery is a feast for the eyes. The image in the mind of the artist cuts across pottery, petroglyphs, basketry, murals and textiles. This shows a continuity of the cultural ties between the first people of the Americas and Native American tribes today.

Insects with continuous line proboscis

The significance of these images is that the aesthetic evidence of aboriginal picture making was not influenced by Spanish or other foreign influences. A true marker of civilization by the original peoples of the Americas.

Insect with mirror image design

As I keep my boots on the ground, I visit petroglyph, pictograph and geo-glyph sites all over the world. In my mind, I make comparisons to other medium being created by my people, the Hopi.

Coatimundi-like animal

“Rock Art” is difficult to date on a timeline. Pottery can be radiocarbon dated. If a similar or mirror image can be found on both medium, then I am satisfied that there is a connection in mind, body and spirit.

An image on rock and pottery is multidimensional. Not only is the central image of importance, the patterning is also part of the two-three dimensions to see in the minds eye. As a quilter, I see different patterns: Meander, circle with dots, stair step, mirroring, continuous line, representational, human activity and so on. The hand drawing the image cannot afford to make a mistake.

Amphibian with repeating square pattern carapace

One must stop is the “largest and most complete collection of Mimbres pottery in existence” at the Western New Mexico University Museum in Silver City, NM. The patterning on the pottery here is what I see as “representational”. The images represent every day animals and human activity in relationships to the animals.

The beauty making by the ancestors still awes our senses.

Big Horn Sheep with repeating X pattern within a square

Eclipse pattern

Iconic bird with radiating line wings

Stair step design in whirling motion

Visit the Western New Mexico University Museum in Silver City, NM. Free Admission. Open Daily. 575-538-6386

What we know, just ain’t so…

 

Sentinels of Time

“We have a problem. Let’s fix it. We have compassion for those who suffer. We don’t know the answer but we are going to do this together”. These intentions reflect the will of a grassroots community of Hopi individuals who “share a common ground to protect and defend the traditional way of life”.

Paaqavi Incorporated, a Hopi Charitable Non-Profit recently took the Hopi Villages Against Meth under its wing as a fiscal sponsor. The Hopi VAM has started working to address real threats to the Hopi villages.

“Hopi is experiencing the devastation of meth. Meth dealers living on the Hopi reservation are distributing this highly addictive drug, resulting in violent crimes, bodily injury and death. Innocent women, children and elders have been targeted in home invasions”. Users steal and sell traditional belongings to buy meth from local and non-local dealers.

The activities of HVAM is updated and for your engagement at two locations:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HopiAndTewaCommunityMovement/

Website: www.hopitewacommunitymovement.org

It is well known to tribal law enforcement that the Hopi Reservation is a throughway conduit for illegal drugs to other cities. What is new to the Hopi community is that Meth is being introduced and used by locals who in turn are now targeting our own people to support their habit.

Spirit of Time

The Hopi VAM is working to strengthen the assets of our traditional culture to address this new threat as our ancestors did to push away life all that is not beneficial to our lifeways. Our young people need advice, guidance and a new pathway to find life that was promised them at birth.

“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know…
It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so.” Mark Twain

Ancestor Protector

We ask for your help in assisting the Hopi villages to find our own grassroots solutions to local problems.

If you would like to donate directly towards Villages Against Meth efforts please do so here at GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/manage/HopiVAM

Usqwali/Thank You.

A Knotted Yucca Cord

Pre-Historic Symbol of a Corded Rope

August 10, 1680. On this day, the sound of hard breathing, padding of moccasin feet and an intention of great changes came from the East Horizon, in the form of a fast but tired runner who held a rope of twined yucca cord with knots of significance. His was a secret mission.

August 10, 1680, is the Native American version of Independence Day.   On this day, all the Pueblos of New Mexico and Hopi Villages overthrew the yoke of Spanish rule in North America. Enough was Enough!

As part of the cleansing of all things Spanish, a decree went out throughout the Pueblo World. I learned of this ritual decree as a child listening to the stories, life and history of the Village of Orayvi from my 100-year-old grandmother.

Her version goes like this. Unknown to the common people, the religious leaders were envisioning, intending and preparing for the overthrow of the Spanish priests, soldiers and devout converts with the People of the East. These meetings were held in secret in canyons and cliffs.

Pre-Historic Yucca Cord made by the Basketmaker People

The sacred knotted cord was read, it’s significance received by the religious leaders. So began a new life plan for the “Hopi Senom”, Hopi People. The warrior katsinas made an appearance in the plaza and directed the removal of Spanish influence, tyranny and slave making.

Shield Bearer, Symbol of Protection

I was reminded of this sacred decree when I informed my grandmother that I was learning Spanish in High School. She quietly reminded me, “Do not speak the language of the “To da tsi”, the Dictator. We must remember the instructions of our religious leaders: Do Not Speak the Spanish Language, Do Not Worship the Spanish Gods, Do Not Build Spanish Churches, Do Not Wear Spanish Clothing, Do Not Eat or Grow Spanish Food. Erase This Person From Our Memory”.

So it remains today, August 10, 2019. You will not see fire works, bands, parades or merry making on our Day of Independence. It was a painful experience that our ancestors lived during the time of the foreigner on our lands that we knew as the Spanish Conquistador and their Spanish Priests.

Ancestral Lunar Sentinels

As I sit in the cool morning breeze, listening to the Morning Dove, I ponder what this decree means in today’s Hopi world. It is like being between a rock and a hard place. Successive Hopi generations may forget or not understand how harsh life as slaves was in the past for our ancestors. Time is relative. The domination by any foreign religion was never our Life Plan. Today, the Katsina Spirits have returned Home and the Hopi can return to their lives as an agrarian society to live on our humble but sacred Homelands, with our own chosen Life Plan. Usqwali.

MFredericks, Webmaster

Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

American Indian Code Talkers List, National Museum of American Indian

“We serve this country because it is ours. We have a sacred purpose to protect this place”. Jeffrey Begay, Dine’

In the cool, summer pines of Flagstaff, Arizona, there is a quiet remembering taking place. The National Museum of the American Indian “Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces” exhibit, is traveling throughout the U.S. and is now on display at the Fort Tuthill Military Museum from June 28 – July 21, 2019.

I visited the exhibit today and experienced powerful images, words and saw traditional icons of Native American soldiers throughout the decades dating from the Civil War to present. I felt chills in my heart as I struggled to understand this history.

Native Americans have served disproportionately in U.S. military conflicts throughout history. This exhibit provides stark facts on the number of men and women who have served this country.

1830 – Civil War, 20,000 American Indians served in the Union Army or Confederacy

1917 – WWI, 3,000-6,000 enlisted, 6,500 drafted

1950 – Korea, 10,000 American Indians

1941- WWII, 44,000 active duty, 800 women

1964-75, Vietnam – 42,000, 90% were volunteers

The exhibit focuses on specific individuals and their service to provide a personal look behind the person. Did you know Native America has our own Private Ryan soldier? John Emhoolah, a Kiowa was one of five brothers who served in the Korean conflict.

Native American Code Talkers are recognized as unique communicators who used their native skills and knowledge to write, draw, listen and talk in their own tribal languages and served as fast runners to deliver these messages as an unbreakable military strategy.

Hopi Code Talkers, Arizona, WWII

The full story remains to be told. The Pima language was also part of the code that the Alamo Scouts used. In 1988 the Gila River Alamo Scouts were inducted into the Special Forces Regiment and awarded the Special Forces Tab.

“People ask me, ‘Why did you go? Look at all the mistreatment the government has done to your people’. Somebody’s got to go. Somebody’s got to defend this country. This is the reason why I went”. Chester Nez, Dine’

Please take time to visit this outstanding military exhibit in your area and you will learn so much about Native  American history that is not found in the textbooks of U.S History. For more information: See forttuthill.org

By MFredericks, webmaster

A Rebirth of Hopi Voices

 

Mother Corn

U’yis muyaw, the planting moon marks the lunar cycle for the new Hopi planting season. The indigenous, drought resistant Mother Corn is reverently selected and cleaned by the women for planting by the Hopi males. A new beginning of an ancient life plan of the Americas begins anew.

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