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On the Hopi Reservation

Hopi. Fuji X100. 23 mm. ISO 400. 1/680 sec at f/11. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

This is on the Hopi Reservation north of Winslow Arizona. The Hopi Reservation is much smaller than the Navajo and completely surrounded by it. The land is flat or rolling and punctuated by beautiful stone massifs. I find a great deal to admire in Hopi life and culture. According to Wikipedia,

The name ‘Hopi’ is a shortened form of their autonym, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu (“The Peaceful People” or “Peaceful Little Ones”). The Hopi Dictionary gives the primary meaning of the word “Hopi” as: “behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi way.” In the past, Hopi sometimes used the term “Hopi” and its cognates to refer to the Pueblo peoples in general, in contrast to other, more warlike tribes.

Hopi is a concept deeply rooted in the culture’s religion, spirituality, and its view of morality and ethics. To be Hopi is to strive toward this concept, which involves a state of total reverence and respect for all things, to be at peace with these things, and to live in accordance with the instructions of Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth. The Hopi observe their traditional ceremonies for the benefit of the entire world. (*)

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