What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

What is a Dreamcatcher? Native American History & Meaning

Dreamcatchers are one of the most well-known Native American symbols. Many people love dreamcatchers as decorations, but few know the history and meaning behind the item. Like many crafts, dreamcatchers have a rich and fascinating backstory. If you’re interested in dreamcatchers, it’s important that you understand their history and symbolism. Learning about the item helps us respect and appreciate Native culture.… Continue Reading

Koshare: The Sacred Clown of the Hopi

Koshare: The Sacred Clown of the Hopi

Koshare is a sacred clown of the Hopi, one that you’re likely to see at Katsina ceremonies. He is one of several clowns, which are sometimes called jesters or tricksters. He is a powerful figure and important to the community. His Appearance A popular image of the clown is a man that has painted himself with wide… Continue Reading

Celebrating Native American Fathers This Father’s Day

Celebrating Native American Fathers This Father’s Day

Despite being both matrilocal and matrilineal, Navajo culture values the contributions of fathers in their children’s lives. In the Hossain and Aziano study, fathers were shown to participate in child-rearing only a few hours a week less than mothers. A child’s father is a strong role model in the development of children of all genders. Even the tradition of uncles being… Continue Reading

Hakitonmuya & The Plaza Dances

Hakitonmuya & The Plaza Dances

As the temperature rises every May, the Hopi tribe celebrates Hakitonmuya, a season that includes plaza dances. These gatherings are among the highlights of the year. The Hopi tribe lives in 12 villages on three mesas (steep hills with flat tops) spread across more than 1.5 million acres in the northeastern part of Arizona. The Hopi… Continue Reading