Posted by Ayesha on June 30, 2000 at 17:37:41:
In Reply to: Arizona??? posted by Christina on June 30, 2000 at 15:28:50:
North of Phoenix is the Hopi Reservation. I have been going up there for over 30 years. In July all of the villages have their "Home Dance" celebrations. Some of the ceremonies are open to non-native people. These ceremonies are to send the Kachina spirits back to the mountains for the second half of the year. During the ceremonies the people pray for everyone in the world and for Mother Earth. These cermonies are very ancient and unchanged. They have been conducted for hundreds and hundreds of years. They are usually on the weekend. If you get a map of Arizona, you will see where it is. It may be too much of a trek for you, but if you can make it up there, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most "Spiritual" places I have been to on the continent of North America. They have exquisite art work up there. Each village has a specialty (basket weaving, Kachina's, silver jewelry, etc.). When you go up there, you will see that the people live very much in the old way, although modern civilization has crept in over the past 20 years. Many of the people still live in the same cliff dwellings as their ancestors did.
On the road up to Flagstaff, there are many ruins of ancient villages. These are also great to visit. You can feel the energy of the ancient ones there. I used to just sit quietly in the dwellings so I could feel the incredible healing energy that comes from their way of life and the prayers that have been said over the centuries.
Have fun in Arizona,
: I've been reveling in everyone's accounts of their travels to North Carolina and am happy to say that I've now been given a chance for some travel of my own! A friend in Phoenix has requested that I come visit her for a long weekend that she has promised to financially subsidize!!! I've never been west before at all, and will have two days on my own after she goes back to work. Anyone here live/have lived in the Phoenix area? Are there any good historical sites that would be good for a lass on her own to visit? Particularly with relevance to Native American history???
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