Hopi Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

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Many tribes have sub-tribes, bands, gens, clans and phratry.  Often very little information is known or they no longer exist.  We have included them here to provide more information about the tribes.

  • Aiyaho (a red-topped plant). A Zuni clan, by tradition originally a part of the Asa people who afterward became Hopi.
  • Ala-Lengya (horn-flute). A phratral group of the Hopi, consisting of the Ala (Horn) and Lengya (Flute) clans.
  • Ala (horn). A phratry of the Hopi, consisting of the Horn, Deer, Antelope, Elk, and probably other clans. They claim to have come from a place in s. Utah called Tokonabi, and after their arrival in Tusayan joined the Lengya (Flute) phratry, forming the Ala-Lengya group. Fewkes in 19th Rep. B. A. E., 583, 587, 1901.
  • Ala. The Horn clan of the Hopi. Fewkes in 19th Rep. B. A. E., 583, 1901.
  • Bachipkwasi (a species of lizard). A clan of the Lizard (Earth or Sand) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Ami. The Red-ant clan of the Ala (Horn) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Buli. The Butterfly clan of the Hopi.
  • Buli. The Butterfly phratry of the Hopi.
  • Buliso. The Evening Primrose clan of the Honani (Badger) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Chaizra. The Elk clan of the Ala-Lengya phratral group of the Hopi.
  • Chakwaina. The Black Earth Kachina clan of the Hopi.
  • Chinunga. The extinct Thistle clan of the Chua (Snake) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Chisro. The Snow-bunting clan of the Hopi of Arizona.
  • Chongyo. The Pipe clan of the Piba (Tobacco) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Chosro. The Bluebird clan of the Hopi.
  • Chua. The Snake phratry of the Hopi, comprising the following clans: Chua (Snake), Tohouh (Puma), Huwi (Dove), Ushu (Columnar cactus), Puna (Cactus fruit), Yungyu (Opuntia), Nabowu (Opuntia frutescens), Pivwani (Marmot), Pihcha (Skunk), Kalashiauu (Raccoon). The Tubish (Sorrow), Patung (Squash), Atoko (Crane), Kele (Pigeonhawk), and Chinunga (Thistle) clans also belonged to this phratry, but are now extinct. According to tradition this people came from a place called Tokonabi, about the junction of San Juan and Colorado rs., and were the second migratory body to reach Tusayan. See Fewkes in Am. Anthrop., vii, 402, 1894, and in 19th Rep. B. A. E., 582, 1901.
  • Chua. The Rattlesnake clan of the Chua (Rattlesnake) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Chubio. The Antelope clan of the Ala (Horn) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Chukai. The Mud clan of the Lizard (Earth or Sand) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Eototo (name of a supernatural being). One of the clans of the Kokop (Wood) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Gyazru. The Parrot clan of the Hopi.
  • Hekpa. The Fir clan of the Honau (Bear) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Hoko. The Juniper clan of the Kokop (Wood) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Honani. The Badger phratry of the Hopi, comprising the Honani (Badger), Muinyan ( Porcupine), Wishoko (Turkey-buzzard), Bull ( Butterfly), Buliso (Evening Primrose), and Kachina (Sacred Dancer) clans. According to Fewkes this people settled at Kishyuba, a spring sacred to the Kachinas, before going to Tusayan. The Honani and Kachina phratries are intimately associated. The former settled Walpi when the village was on the old site, and some of them went on to Awatobi, whence they returned after the fall of that pueblo. The arrival of the Honani in Tusayan was probably not earlier than the latter part of the 17th century.
  • Honani. The Badger clan of the Hopi.
  • Honau (Ho′-na-u). The Bear phratry of the Hopi, comprising the Honau (Bear), Tokochi (Wild-cat), Chosro (Bird [blue]), Kokyan (Spider), and Hekpa (Fir) clans. According to Fewkes these people are traditionally said to have been the first to arrive in Tusayan. Although reputed to be the oldest people in Walpi they are now almost extinct in that pueblo, and are not represented in Sichomovi. They exist however at Mishongnovi.
  • Honau. The Bear clan of the Hopi.
  • Hosboa. The Road-runner or Pheasant clan of the Hopi, q. v.
  • Huwi. The Dove clan of the Chua (Rattlesnake) phratry of the Hopi.
  • Ishauu. The Coyote clan of the Hopi.


MLA Source Citation:

Hodge, Frederick Webb, Compiler. The Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico. Bureau of American Ethnology, Government Printing Office. 1906. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 24 October 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/hopi-indian-bands-gens-and-clans.htm - Last updated on Oct 4th, 2013


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