Saturday, March 26, 2011

"Hopi" pt. 2

Not quite sure how many parts it will take to cover the Hopi. As they have one of the most popular cultures on the planet now. First today I want to write about the Hopi Prophecy's that have come true. Then get more into the history of the Hopi. Also a Hopi State Park has re-opened near the Hopi Reservation. It's called 'Homolovi Ruins State Park'. Located north of Winslow Arizona. On the way to the Hopi mesas. This summer when I visit friends on the Hopi Reservation. I'll do a video of the museum. That is if they will let me. The museum closed as did so many other state parks in Arizona. Due to budget cuts. But the Hopi Council put up $175,000 to re-open it. Here is a link to there site. Also here is a link to my 5 part video of the Hopi reservation. Or you can Google, Hopi Prophecy and RD47blog This will list videos and blogs I've written about the Hopi.

The name Hopi is pronounced HO-pee. And means 'Peaceful Ones'. A previous name given to them by other tribes is, 'Moki' and 'Moqui'. Also the Hopi have been linked to the 'Anasazi', or 'Lost People'. Which is what I believe is true. Mainly because both occupied the same area of northern Arizona, New Mexico.

The Hopi are famous World wide. Known for there religious, intellectual and peaceful views of the Universe. They are great artist and craftsman's. You can see it in there Kachinas. And other types of crafts, such as weaving of baskets and blankets. The Hopi are great survivalist. And this comes from there peaceful ways. Life on the Hopi reservation is harsh. Yet they have for centuries prospered on it. When you see there corn growing in barren sandy soil. With lack of rain and protection from the environment. You wonder how this could be. I believe it's the prayers they say before planting there crops. Asking "God" to protect there plants and asking for nourishing rain. The Hopi are one of the few. If not the only tribe. That was not relocated by the U.S. government. And have been located in the same basic area, since there humble beginnings. Now here are some of the incredible predictions, the Hopi have made. That have all come true.

#1 sign Arrival of White Men

#2 sign Spinning Wheels with voices (settlers in wagons)

#3 sign Arrival of beast like Buffalo, with long horns (Texas longhorn cattle)

#4 sign Snakes of Iron (Railroads)

#5 sign Spiderwebs criss-cross land (Telephone-Telegraph wires or Chem-Trails)

#6 sign Rivers of Stone that criss-cross land. That make pictures in the sky. (Modern roads)

#7 sign Sea Turning Black (oil spill of the modern era.)

#8 sign Youth with long hair. Coming to the Hopi, too learn traditional ways. (Hippies)

#9 sign Dwelling Place in the Sky. Will fall to the Earth. (MIR Space Station)

Now more history of the Hopi. There homes, religion, food, social structure, etc.. The Hopi lived in pueblos. That later were built upon the Three Mesa. Because of the constant attacks from there neighbors, mainly the Navajo. The pueblos were made of stone set with mud. Had wood beams for the ceilings. That had to be transported several mile away. (Hopi reservation is cover with Junipers) Then the roofs were covered with branches and mud. To seal them from the rains and snow. The tops of the pueblos had a square opening in the top for entry. Is also allowed smoke to rise through the opening. Also this opening was used as a Stellar Observatory. By seeing what Stars and Constellations passed over the opening. The Hopi could keep track of the seasons and Solstices. This also represented the Emergence of the Hopi, from inside the Earth. The pueblos were connected to other pueblos. Thus creating a ancient type of apartment building. If the family wanted to add on. The went up-ward and not out-ward. Thus protecting the environment even more.

The Hopi also built Kivas underground. With stone wall in the village plaza. And it had a stone circle or Sipapu. Built into the floor of the Kiva. The Sipapu represented the entrance from the Under World. These Kivas were built for ceremonial purposes. They were chapels and places of prayer. A Hopi friend told me. This is where they prepare for the ceremonial dances. It also was a type of reconnection. To where the Hopi came from, under the ground. A kind of reconnection to there ancestors. Women were not allowed into the underground Kivas, unless invited or for councils. Yet the women owned the underground Kivas. Just as they owned the home and land, the family lives in.

The Hopi diet was like most Native Americans of the southwest. Corn, beans, squash, cotton, and tobacco. The women gathered eatable plants also. Small game animals added to the diet. The men hunted rabbit, deer and antelope. They also had turkeys they keep for meat. The planting field were built near the bottom of there mesas. This way the run-off from the rains. Would irrigate the crops during the dry summers. They also looked for natural spring for the crops to grow over. They built wind-breaks of Juniper branches. Corn which was there basic food. Was prepare in many ways. They made bread from the corn called 'Piki'. Which is like a thinly layered loaf of bread.

Hopi had "Time" for there crafts. The women wove baskets of local plants. They baked clay bowls, with intricate designs on them. The men were the cotton weavers. The women would use natural dyes from plants. To dye the cotton fibers. With the colors, orange, yellow, red, green and black. They made moccasins from deer. Made robes from rabbit skins. The men would carve there Kachinas. Yes the Hopi had "Time" to be cultural. Not a bunch of savages as the 'powers' wanted the White to think of the Hopi and other Native American peoples. Next I'll get into the more about the Hopi. Starting with there Social Structure and Religions. Or as my friend Lonnie would say, 'The Hopi way'.

"God" bless bye

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