Category Archives: Hopi Ceremonies

Hopi Wedding Traditions and the Wedding Vase

Hopi Wedding Traditions and the Wedding Vase

Full of longstanding traditions and beautiful ceremonial acts, Hopi weddings involve much preparation. A key component of many Hopi traditions, corn plays a role in the approving of a marriage as well as the wedding preparations themselves. When a couple decides to marry, the man must state his intentions to the bride-to-be’s family. If the… Continue Reading

Learn About the Hunter Katsinam

Learn About the Hunter Katsinam

During Hakitonmuya the Hopi people work together to prepare for the growing season. A time when the earliest crops are planted, special dishes are prepared from cornmeal and much hunting is done, each individual is given specific tasks to complete. Men are tasked with hunting duties and there are certain hunter Katsinam that represent this… Continue Reading

Hakitonmuya and the Katsinam Who Arrive in May

Hakitonmuya and the Katsinam Who Arrive in May

Also called “the waiting season,” Hakitonmuya occurs in May and begins the planting season. Although it is too early for most crops to be planted, bean, pumpkin and watermelon seeds can be put into the soil, symbolizing the start of growing season. The scattering of these crops is a special occasion, and a variety of… 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