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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

The Meanings Behind Native American Prayer Fans

The Meanings Behind Native American Prayer Fans

Native American prayer fans are lovely additions to rustic décor, but they also have deep significance in traditional culture. Created in the belief that birds link the physical world to the spiritual one, they are regarded as sacred objects in prayer and healing ceremonies. Prayer fans are crafted according to the location, customs, and tribal beliefs… Continue Reading

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Navajo Nation Flag: Meaning Behind the Symbols

Embedded with ancient symbols of protection and references to traditional creation stories, the Navajo Nation flag has served as a proud representation of its people since 1968. Designed by student Jay Degroat, the drawing reflects the sacred art form of sand painting. Mapping Diné Bikéyah The main image in the center of the Navajo flag depicts… Continue Reading

What Is Pueblo Pottery?

What Is Pueblo Pottery?

Pottery is widely used by indigenous cultures around the world. The Pueblo Indians used pottery for practical purposes and to express the unique aspects of their culture. Many pottery artifacts have been discovered by archaeologists who study the smallest of sherds, and handcrafted pieces are still produced by the descendants of native tribes. Pueblo pottery is a beautiful treasure that you can use to… Continue Reading