Paaqavi Incorporated

Category: Blog


The Hopi Conscientious Objector

“On May 21, 1941, three Hopi men from the Village of Hotevilla, Arizona; Roger (Comahletztewa) Nasevama, Elmer Seequaptewa and Paul (Johonet) Sewemaenewa were found guilty by the U.S. District Court for failing to register for Selective Service. These three men,…

Read More

Historic Hopi House Goes Up In Smoke

Last Saturday evening, April 10, 2021 the historic Hopi House of the late Elizabeth Q. White (English Name), Polingaysi Qoyawayma (Hopi Name) in Kykotsmovi Village was fully engulfed in flames and burned totally to the ground. The Hopi House was…

Read More

Punished For Speaking My Language

“You have to listen to a fluent speaker in the language for 2,000 hours, and you will then understand about 95% of what that person is saying. After 6,000 hours of being totally immersed in the language, you are functionally…

Read More

Honoring the Ancestors

A Human kneels at a gravesite. Alone. World events Whirling. This was what we saw. Why? Who? What makes this place Sacred? The answer lies within that person alone.  It is very difficult to write stories about normal, usual, boring…

Read More

A Hopi Kernel of Truth

Every good Hopi story starts with a kernel of truth. A burro, a Hopi maiden and slave traders are kernels in this story. The dates of this story are fluid. It could have been 1846 or 1866. In Hopi memory,…

Read More

A Promise Kept…

“It made me cry. A powerful moment. It was just a promise kept. I still get chills thinking about it.” said Jason Salsman following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Indigenous Treaty Rights. New York Times “Where ever you are…

Read More

A Knotted Yucca Cord

August 10, 1680. On this day, the sound of hard breathing, padding of moccasin feet and an intention of great changes came from the East Horizon, in the form of a fast but tired runner who held a rope of twined…

Read More

A Rebirth of Hopi Voices

  U’yis muyaw, the planting moon marks the lunar cycle for the new Hopi planting season. The indigenous, drought resistant Mother Corn is reverently selected and cleaned by the women for planting by the Hopi males. A new beginning of…

Read More