Kachinas are immortal spirits who visit the mortal Hopi people. "Tawa" is the spirit of the sun and is the creator of the creatures of this Earth according to various Hopi creation stories.
When we visited Grandma on the Hopi reservation, corn was used for everything from decoration to hominy stew. To the Hopi, corn is sacred.
Three Sisters Garden
The most fruitful crops of the Hopi tribe are beans, corn, and squash. Despite the harshness of the Arizona desert, Hopi people can plant anything in the sand and grow it.
Hopi runner Lewis Tewanima won the Silver Medal in the 10,000 meter run in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. It was the first medal won by an American in that event. Lewis had lived his whole life on the reservation and after his victory, spent the rest of his days growing Hopi crops, such as beans and squash, and herding sheep.
Many times my sister and I would get tired of watching TV at Grandma’s house and go outside. On the reservation, dogs wander around with no owners, but are very friendly. Especially if you offer to pick off their ticks and then throw them into the fire. Relieves the itches. Also, they pop really loud when they burn, which is really fun.
In many versions of the Hopi creation story, Kokyangwutior “Spider Woman” or “Spider Grandmother” created the humans of this Earth. Her name is pronounced like koh-kyang-woo-tee.
Shibe Summer Nap
The Shiba Inu is the most popular dog breed in Japan. They are growing in popularity in the U.S. and the Shiba even have their own meme category on the internet.
Celtic and Chinese knot study using Adobe Illustrator.
There are many stories of Coyotes in Native American folktales. Often they are tricksters and troublemakers.
The Masaaw Kachina is the Hopi spirit of death. He passes judgement on who can go into the next world. There are various color alternatives to this pattern. Eventually these patterns will be made into fabrics
The Aya Kachina is a unique Hopi spirit in that the Aya challenges a Hopi clown (Koshari) or a random man in the village to a race. Instead of dancing, the Aya races with the person of their choosing and then gives the challenger a gift, whether they win or lose. Though, if you lose, Aya comes up with creative punishments.
The Soyoko Kachina is meant to intimidate young children to be good. Apparently, when I was young, I went right up to them with my offering and said with a proud smile “I’ve been a good girl!” I actually thought they looked cool, not scary. They are supposed to hit you with a yucca branch to remind you to be good. I got a light tap.