Category Archives: Hopi Ceremonies

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

Powamuya: The February Bean Dance

Powamuya: The February Bean Dance

Western cultures tend to celebrate major holidays like Christmas and New Year’s, but the Native peoples of America have always had their own traditions during this time of year. In fact, as February approaches the Hopi tradition of Powamuya is nearly ready to start. The English translation generally refers to it as the Bean Dance.… Continue Reading

Paamuya: Hopi Winter Dances

Paamuya: Hopi Winter Dances

As winter begins to set in, the Hopi celebrate the changing seasons with a series of social dances known as the Paamuya. These dances allow them to honor the earth and prepare for the coming winter. Paamuya, which means “wet moon,” begins in January. It follows the winter solstice ritual of Soyal, during which people… Continue Reading

Soyal: December’s Hopi Winter Solstice Ceremony

Soyal: December’s Hopi Winter Solstice Ceremony

The Hopi are a Native American tribe located in northern Arizona, primarily on three mesas. They have unique celebrations and festivals throughout the year to commemorate various seasons. In December, they observe the winter solstice with Soyal, the most sacred rite of the year. It is the traditional time to welcome the sun back from its winter slumber. The official ceremony… Continue Reading