Holes in the ground and a cane to climb

In this, the second post for today, we will look at the origin story of the Hopi tribe.

Hopi tribe butterfly dance

It will bring into play some landscape features many more will recognize than the Superstition Mountains. Here is an excerpt from the manuscript the story was obtained from. It has a bit of a story in it itself.

‘Hapitu or Hopi meaning the “peaceful ones” were the only Shoshones to adopt a Pueblo culture

Pueblo

located on the Three Mesas in Northeastern Arizona.

TresMesas-Large

Their first European contact was the Spanish explorer Coronado in 1540. In 1598, the government of New Mexico territory made them swear allegiance to the king of Spain. In 1529, a Franciscan Mission was established at several Hopi settlements however, they were destroyed in 1680 at the general Pueblo uprising. The present Hopin reservation became a reality by presidential order on December 16, 1882.

The performance of their spectacular Snake Dance attracts a huge public

Snake Dance

and they remain one of the largest and best known of the North American tribes. ‘

With that, we will delve deep into the world and see where our friends the Hopi came from.

Grand canyon

Listen to the four winds…

It has never seemed right to label the American Indians with one title. Even if, or rather just because you are trying to label them a specific type of people based on geography, which itself is rather subjective. After all, aren’t the citizens of Russia also Asian? In any case, the larger problem is that each tribe is so different in culture and tradition from each other, that while there are tying binds in their pasts, they are all unique to the point of being nothing more or less than the peoples of the tribe that they are.

We have two such stories today. The Pima have a tradition of origin so very different from the Hopi. And I’d like to share these with you now. First the story of the Pima.

Pima Indians

These stories will put some of us in familiar territory, I myself was born in Arizona and have visited the Superstition Mountains on occasion.

Superstition+Mountain+Range

“In the State of Arizona, the Pima Indian tribe declares that the father of all men and animals was Great Butterfly-Cherwit Make, meaning the Earth-Maker.”

Shall we listen to the four winds as they tell us a story?

Four winds

 

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