During the POWAMUYA ceremony in February, the katsinam arrived in force to help the Hopi prepare for the next growing season and to initiate children into the Katsina Society, thus preparing them for growth as well. This important ceremony is a series of rituals that promotes fertility, germination, and early growth of seeds. Now March is the time of the Night Dances by Katsinas in the kivas.
These occur in the underground kivas and are NOT open to the public.
Hopi Dancers At Night by Raymond Naha, 1933-1975, was a Hopi-Tewa artist who studied with Fred Kabotie at Oraibi High School. He is known for his ability to paint the smallest aspects of Hopi life in great detail.
Ösömuya KATSINA NIGHT DANCES
“During this season, the katsinam perform beautiful dances at night in the villages to create a pleasant environment for all life forms so that they will grow and so that rain will come to nourish the crops. The katsinam are always watching and listening for humble prayers and meditations during the Night Dance season, which lasts from now until some time in July.
The dance series may go on until just before dawn. It is usually windy and cold. The next day we have a great feast and families visit with each other.
source: Ferrell Secakuku, Smithsonian Institute Online
Natwani Coalition on Hopi Radio
“The overall health and well-being of the Hopi people cannot be addressed without an improvement in diet and commensurate restoration of their local food system. In order to meet our objectives, the Natwani Coalition has leveraged varying levels of engagement from volunteers, collaborators and institutions on and off the Hopi reservation. Our strategy is to launch mutually reinforcing projects that over time will collectively restore the local food system.”
Our Winter Projects
In November, December, January and February we made 6 deliveries to Hopi families, the most we have ever done!
We did our 15th annual Winter Gifting Project in 2 deliveries this year. A big thanks to the expanded potent team of volunteer helpers and the donations (including driving vehicles and a trailer and donating gas for the many deliveries) that made this possible! This took a terrific amount of focus and energy to do the local outreach, collect, package and deliver.
April 7 Outdoor Bread Oven Making Project
We are making plans to haul needed supplies (thank you to our team members who have volunteered to do this!) to help a Hopi family make an outdoor bread oven and underground baking pit. The youth will also help load and haul native stones and clay to make these traditional structures.
Hopi Permaculture/Edible Landscapes Projects
Hopi Homes: Historical & Today
program in Sedona, Jan. 17, 2015
by Joe Seidenberg, Program Development Director of the non-profit Red Feather Development Group, which builds green homes and does home maintenance/repair/building/weatherization training programs at Hopi
and Susan Secakuku, Secakuku Consulting and a Hopi tribal member.
Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & Invitational American Indian Art Show
~ Archaeology Exhibits and Demonstrations including prehistoric astronomy.
~ Lectures on Hopi Migration (Eric Polingyouma–photo to right–has spent a large portion of his life examining and discovering migration paths from Guatemala and Oaxaca, seeking shared symbolic traditions or possible Hopi clan symbols during his travels–see photo to right); Lindberghs 1929 aerial survey, rock art of the Southwest meanings and more.
Camp Verde Heritage, Pecan & Wine Festival going on next door. Both are free admission.
March 28, 7 pm: Dance of the Maize God (mytholoogy of the Maya)