Hopi Snake and Flute Dance
This summer rain making ceremony has stirred fascination of Western world about Hopi culture since late 1800’s.
The Snake and Flute ceremonies today are performed in alternate years in two of the Hopi villages to help bring the last summer rains to ensure the maturation of the crops. This complex ceremony goes on for several days and is the last of major ceremonies of summer. Most of it is conducted in the kiva and ends with a done day dance with live snakes (both venomous and non-venomous) and release of the snakes back to the desert. This dance is NOT open to non-Indians.
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Hopi Poems, Art and Fall View from First Mesa essay
“A flat-topped line of mesas rise above the desert plain etched with sheer cliff edges. Wind, cooled now by fall, presses against my skin, carrying bits of sand, cools the hot glare of sun on rocky cliff. Soaring ravens are a constant companion of these mesa tops; they startle you as pop up over the edge seemingly out of nowhere. Wind-riding masters and master tricksters, ravens love letting us humans know they are observing us (or is it mocking us?).”
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