Ancient Ways of the Hopi
Ancient Ways of the Hopi
TOUR OVERVIEW - Ancient Ways of the Hopi
Take this rare invitation to travel with unprecedented access to the secluded Hopi Mesas; a place of stark and beautiful endurance where the clan lifeway is about raising the short blue-eared corn which symbolizes the homelands, culture and responsibilities given to the Hopi clans by Ma'saw as they emerged from the Third Way of Life to this, the Fourth World.
Tuba City is the base for this extraordinary and unique opportunity to spend time on the mesas and in the villages, accompanied by Hopi interpreters, learning about their cultures and history, through traditional and evolutionary arts - silver, Katsina doll carving, basketry, music and song, and through Hopi cultural perspectives on agriculture, foods, traditional and contemporary tribal leadership and philosophy.
The ancient Hopi made a purposeful choice for The People’s place of dwelling in this Fourth World; arid, stark desert conditions with hardships and challenges that would ensure the Hopi have to become strong and retain the truly important things of life to thrive, or even survive on this terrain. To this day, as from their first arrival, the Hopi ‘dry farm,’ meaning they don’t irrigate – they are dependent on the winter snows and summer monsoon rains to bring moisture for the corn.
Agriculture is an act of faith for the Hopi that serves as a religious focus as well as an economic activity, and working plots provide crops unique to the Hopi diet in addition to reinforcing traditions and customs in each new generation, for as one Hopi gardener said, "This is not just about growing vegetables; it is about growing children."
This journey offers a remarkable hands-on opportunity to learn Hopi culture as a practical enactment of the Sacred. It is said that information and stories entrusted to each Hopi are more than enough to consider and meditate upon during a lifetime. Despite a plethora of books that routinely corrupt cultural ways beyond Hopi recognition, true preservation of the lifeway is attributed by traditional people to their ideology of passing ceremonial information to other clan members within the Kiva. The culture endures because no individual has access or responsibility for the entire sacred narrative and lifeway.
Old Oraibi and Taawa Canyon
Second Mesa and Hopi Arts
Walpi Village and Hubbell Trading Post
DAY 1 - Grand Canyon - a deeply sacred site to several tribes in this southwest region
DAY 2 - Travel to ancient Old Oraibi, stand before Taawa Canyon sacred art
DAY 3 - On Second Mesa see Hopi Art placed into Hopi cultural context
DAY 4 - Walpi village; maybe the most inspiring place in Arizona, then Hubbell Trading Post, and Navajo capital, Window Rock, AZ
DAY 5 - All roads lead to Chaco Canyon.
Where: Hopi Mesas, Arizona
When: SEPT 3 - 10 2018
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