Solstice Star conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn December 21, 2020
At Hopi, the SOYAL CEREMONY occurs at winter solstice, the dawn of life for the year. This ceremony helps to turn the sun back toward its summer path and implements the life plan for the year. Activities take place in the kiva and include reverent silence, fasting and humility and eating of sacred foods to achieve spiritual focus. Prayer feathers are placed in homes, villages and around the ancestral homeland in shrine sites.
Shonto Begay paintings of heat and reaching to Spirit
San Francisco Peaks – sacred mountains – shown in the radiance of the summer heat by Navajo artist Shonto Begay to the left below. Sun and warmth has been a powerful presence since April and just started to cool down this past month.
“The Cresting Inferno” (above right) is a powerful, poignant painting that carries an imminent sense of change and loss as well as the long presence of Native peoples in these southwestern lands. Many of us who also love these lands feel the emotion of this time too and the need for restoring balance with Mother Nature. I appreciate Shonto’s vivid, emotional, artistic evocation of change that is happening.
Holding the Cosmos seems to depict the spiritual energy that connects all of life and reach to Spirit. Even the pinyon pine has that hot orange-yellow light.
School Supplies for 330 Youth doing at-home school
Following an intense month of shopping and packing, on August 21 we delivered 330 bags of school supplies and learning aides to Shungopavi Community for the school age youth.
A big THANK YOU to all who made donations to make this possible and to our drivers and the hard working small crew of volunteers who put this together. We appreciate Chris Duffy-Wentzel and Dave Wentzel hosting the organizing of the large amount of supplies in their garage and their long hours of making up bags. Shout out to Joey Morelli and Terrilyn Green for their excellent organizing and bagging work and Joey’s leading of the delivery.
Photo by Lainie Hoglan of the delivery at the Shungopavi Community Hall:
Hopi Holiday Project
Hopi boy trying out new binoculars. Photo by Rob Harrison.
The 22nd annual Hopi Holiday Project underway.
We welcome monetary donations and gifts.
The kids are doing at-home learning during the covid crisis and these learning and hygiene items will very helpful and appreciated.
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I share with you the gratitude of many Hopi people and send out thoughts of a peaceful and safe winter season for each of you.
Sandra Cosentino, Director/Founder
Village of Shungopavi Library
We are supporting the Village of Shungopavi in starting a library. Lainie Hoglan has been at work for weeks obtaining children’s reading books, adult fiction and more to encourage love of reading. She is color coding them for easy sorting on shelves.
Lainie and Hugh Hoglan and Rob and Sharon Harrison are busy entering our collection into the website database and check out system Rob has designed for this. We have shipped the first sets of shelves to the village. Below is logo Rob designed.
We are also working on obtaining a useful non-fiction book collection such as field guides, illustrated popular sciences books that are understandable to youth, Southwest cultural-archaeological and more. We welcome your support to help us grow this library.
More information here.
Sharing energies of gratitude to you from many Hopi people.