Plains and Fancy

The Hopi are an indigenous people inhabiting their ancestral lands, nearly 4,000 square miles of high arid terrain, in North Central Arizona.  Within this vast area, the main villages cling to three rocky mesas. The residents of the First Mesa area are noted for their pottery, Second Mesa for coiled baskets, and Third Mesa for wicker plaques.Here, fine art wood carver, Keoni Carlson, honors Hopi story and imagery with this artistic illusion, wood re-imagined as woven and beaded basketry. The front side is a wind-blown, stylized desert mesa, the back a beaded-style version of traditional sun-solstice imagery. The Hopi Indians of Northern Arizona celebrate Soyal and welcome the Kachinas, protective spirits from the mountains. The celebration begins on the shortest day of the year and symbolizes the second phase of Creation at the Dawn of Life   The main polla of the ritual is to ceremonially bring the sun back from its long winter slumber and is a time for purification. The sacred underground ritual chambers called kivas are ritually opened to mark the beginning of the Kahina season.

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