Category Archives: Hopi Calendar

The Hopi Ceremonial Calendar by Month

The Hopi Ceremonial Calendar by Month

Although most of us consider January the first month of the year, according to Hopi customs it is actually the month of November that represents the start of a new cycle. The Hopi calendar is divided into two seasons – Katsina Season and Non-Katsina Season. During each month, different ceremonies and festivities occur in celebration… Continue Reading

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

Racer Katsinam Return to the Hopi Villages this April

A time of joy and excitement, Kwiyamuya coincides with the month of April and the beginning of the growing season. As fruit trees begin to bud and weeds begin to spring up in the fields, the Hopi people start to prepare the fields for planting and racer Katsinam arrive in the villages. There are many… Continue Reading

The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Maiden, called Palhik Mana, appears in August when butterflies appear in Arizona. This dancer is often symbolized as a Katsina doll and takes part in the Hopi Butterfly Dance. A traditional social dance, it is held in late August after the Snake Dance.   Hopi children and young adults participate in the Butterfly… Continue Reading

April is Hopi Kwiyamuya

April is Hopi Kwiyamuya

The Hopi people are known for their peaceful nature and isolated lifestyle. Their culture is filled with spiritual reverence and community service. Throughout the life of a Hopi milestones are celebrated with gifts of various Katsinam which are given to mark achievements and honors. The Katsinam play a vital role in ceremonies and celebrations. Katsinam… Continue Reading