I am sometimes asked, “How can we help the Hopi People?” Having lived with the Hopi for a number of years, I can assure you that they do not need our help. They have been trying to help us, all four races of man, black, yellow, red, and white, from the beginning of time.The Hopi society is not based on money, owning property or collecting things. Green fields, rain, traditional ceremonies and laughter are all that they really need. Whenever electricity, running water, heaters, televisions, automobiles, freezers, or jobs enter the villages, only problems arise. How do I pay the bills for these things? I have ceremonial obligations and crops to plant; how can I work five days a week? How can they expect me to devote all my time for money? I never needed money before; why do I need it now? These are just some of the things I have heard on the reservation. An old Hopi joke is: Before the white man came all I did was farm, hunt, and take part
in my ceremonies. Now I have to work, to make money, so I can farm, hunt, and take part in my ceremonies.
I have always been amazed at how eager a true Hopi is willing to fast, pray, and devote his time for the wellbeing of all four races of man, no matter how terrible these races have treated the Hopi. It is still remembered how Kit Carson road up to an old unarmed Hopi man planting his crop and shot him in the head for no reason. We name cities, streets and mountains after Carson, and the Hopi lost one of their ceremonial leaders and had to eliminate the ceremony he was responsible for. Continue reading