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About Native American Hopi

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The Hopi are Native Americans that live in northeastern Arizona surrounded by the Navajo reservation. The name Hopi is an abbreviation of Hopi'sinom which means "People who Live in the Correct Way".

The Hopi religion is based on total reverence and respect for all things. The traditional life includes many cultural and religious ceremonies.

Their art and traditional crafts reflect their beliefs. They are noted for kachina dolls, pottery and jewelry, most notably silver overlay work.

Hopi Man-in-a-Maze sterling silver bracelet

With silvery overlay, there are two layers of silver. The top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then place on a solid silver layer. The two layers are "sweated" together - that is, the silver is heated so that the two layers meld. The background behind the cutouts are can be darkened (oxidized) for contrast. In addition the same areas can be etched with hashmarks.

Pueblo Indians         Navajo Indians         Zuni Indians

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