Category Archives: Hopi Ceremonies

The Snake-Antelope Ceremony

The Snake-Antelope Ceremony

August is the month of Tala’paamuya, marking the start of the summer social dances for the Hopi; the Snake Dance being one of them. This particular dance is a part of the Snake-Antelope Ceremony to celebrate the beautiful summer season and crop growth! The Snake and Antelope societies join for a total of 16 days… Continue Reading

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

An Exploration of Hopi Clown Culture

Like minstrel shows of the early 19th century, which were an unfolding of outlandish entertainment, satire, and comic slapstick used to shatter taboos and also reinforce stereotypes, the practice of Hopi clowning, known as “Tsukulalwa,” often accomplished the same. Clowning societies helped sculpt the foundations of Hopi ceremony and ritual. While outsiders may have taken… Continue Reading