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

History of the Eagle Dance

History of the Eagle Dance

Although the eagle is often associated with the United States in general, it is more frequently associated with Native American culture. Eagles are the focus of many Native American legends and play a large role in many spiritually-based ceremonies among different tribes. Here at Kachina House, we offer a variety of different products that represent… Continue Reading

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