Topic: Hopi

Hopi Indian Research

Hopi (contraction of Hópitu, ‘peaceful ones,’ or Hópitu-shínumu, ‘peaceful all people’: their own name). A body of Indians, speaking a Shoshonean dialect, occupying 6 pueblos on a reservation of 2,472,320 acres in north east Arizona. The name “Moqui,” or “Moki,” by which they have been popularly known, means ‘dead’ in their own language, but as a tribal name it is seemingly of alien origin and of undetermined signification—perhaps from the Keresan language (Mósi(cha in Laguna, Mo-ts in Acoma, Mótsi( in Sia, Cochiti, and San Felipe), whence Espejo’s “Mohace” and “Mohoce” (1583) and Oñate’s “Mohoqui (1598). Bandelier and Cushing believed the Hopi country, the later province of Tusayan, to be identical with the Totonteac of Fray Marcos de Niza. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Archives, Libraries, and Societies AccessGenealogy Library – Provides a listing of our on line books, books we own, and books we will be putting on line. Genealogy Library – Read books online for Free! Hopi Indian Biography Native American Biographies Chief Dan...

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Asa Tribe

Asa (Tansy: mustard), A phratral organization of the Hopi, comprising the Chakwaina (Black Earth kachina), Asa  Kwingyap (Oak), Hosboa (Chapparal cock) , Posiwu (Magpie), Chisro (Snow bunting), Puchkohu (Boomerang hunting-stick), and Pisha (Field-mouse) clans. In early days this people lived near Abiquiu, in the Chama River region of New Mexico, at a village called Kaekibi, and stopped successively at the pueblos of Santo Domingo, Laguna, Acoma, and Zuñi before reaching Tusayan, some of their families remaining at each of these pueblos, except Acoma. At Zuñi their descendants form the Aiyaho clan. On reaching Tusayan the Posiwu, Puchkohu, and Pisha clans settled with the Hopi Badger clan at Awatobi, the remainder of the group continuing to and settling first at Coyote spring near the east side of Walpi mesa, under the gap, and afterward on the mesa at the site of the modern Hano. This village the Asa afterward abandoned, on account of drought and disease, and went to Canyon de Chelly, about 70 miles North East of Walpi, in the territory of the Navaho, to which tribe many of their women were given, whose descendants constitute a numerous clan known among the Navaho as Kinaani (High-standing house). Here the Asa lost their language, and here they planted peach trees in the lowlands; but a quarrel with the Navaho caused their return to Hano, at which pueblo the Tewa, from...

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Hopi Indians

Hopi Indians.  Contracted from their own name Hópitu, “peaceful ones,” or Hópitu-shinumu, “peaceful all people.” Also called: A-ar-ke, or E-ar’-ke, Apache name, signifying “live high up on top of the mesas.” Ah-mo-kfii, Zuni name. Ai-yah-kfn-nee, Navaho name. A’-mu-kwi-kwe, Zuni name, signifying “smallpox people.” Asay or Osay, by Bustamante and Gallegos (1582). Bokeaf, Sandia Tiwa name. Buhk’herk, Isleta Tiwa name for Tusayan. Bukin, Islets name for the people. Eyanini dine, Navaho name (Gatschet). Hapeka, a Zuni name, referring to excrement. Joso, Tewa name. Khoso, Santa Clara name. Kosho, Hano Tewa name. K’o-so-o, San Ildefonso Tewa name. Maastoetsjkwe, given by Ten Kate, signifying “the land of Masawe,” god of the earth, given as the name of their country. Mastutc’kwe, same as preceding. Moki, signifying “dead” in their own language, but probably from some other, perhaps a Keresan dialect. Topin-keua, said to be a Zuni name of which Tontonteac is a corruption. Tusayan, name of the province in which the Hopi lived, from Zuni Usayakue, “people of Usaya,” Usaya referring to two of the largest Hopi villages. Whiwunai, Sandia Tiwa name. The Hopi constitute a peculiar dialectic division of the Shoshonean branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family, and they are the only Shoshonean people, so far as known, who ever took on a Pueblo culture, though the Tanoans are suspected of a remote Shoshonean relationship. Hopi Location On Three Mesas in northeastern Arizona. Hopi...

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Hopi Indian Bands, Gens and Clans

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...

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Indian Etiquette

The interior of most native dwellings was without complete partitions, yet each member of the family had a distinct space, which was as inviolable as a separate apartment enclosed by walls. In this space the personal articles of the occupant were stored in packs and baskets, and here his bed was spread at night. Children played together in their own spaces and ran in and out of that belonging to the mother, but they were forbidden to intrude elsewhere and were never allowed to meddle with anyone’s possessions. When more than one family occupied a dwelling, as the earth lodge, the long bark house, or the large wooden structure of the N. W., every family had its well-known limits, within which each member had a place. A space was generally set apart for guests, to which, on entering, a visitor made his way. Among the Plains tribes this place was at the back part of the dwelling, facing the entrance, and the visitor when entering a lodge and going to this place must not pass between his host and the fire. Among many tribes the place of honor was at the w., facing the entrance. If he was a familiar friend, greetings were at once exchanged, but if he had come on a formal mission, he entered in silence, which was unbroken for some little time after he was...

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