By Kenseth Park, 10 years old
(Note: Kenseth and his wonderful volunteer-spirited family helped to pack grocery boxes and also traveled with us to the Hopi reservation to help us distribute food and supplies)
Did you know there are over 50 Indian tribes who live on reservations? There are thousands of people living on reservations. I might teach you more than one, but now I am teaching you about the Hopi tribe.
So the Hopi live on a reservation in Arizona. The Hopi are made up of clans and have their own language. Some of the clans are called Water, Spider, Tobacco, and Rabbit. I bet now you’re wondering, how do they decide what clan people go in? Well, actually, whatever tribe your mom is in, that's the tribe you’re in.
I'm going to teach you some Hopi words. Rain is Oma, Hello is Coloma, Food is Nuseiwka, and Eat is Cocoy.
A lot of us like December but the Hopi doesn't. December is the scariest month of all for them. No jumping, no whistling, no cracking nuts, and most of all, no bouncing balls. If, you do one of those things, they believe the evil spirits will rise and go into your bodies.
They eat lots of bread, blue corn, and stew. You know we have corn, too, but they have to wait a year after harvest before eating it. That's with all the kinds of corn. They have Blue corn, Red corn, Yellow corn, and White-Kerneled sweet corn. They also have Piki and Fry bread. Then they don't use irrigation so they rely on rain to water their crops.
So in conclusion, I told you clans, Hopi words, their food, and about December. So when someone asks you, “Do you know about Indians?” you can say, “Yes, I know about the Hopi Indians.”
There are so many more tribes and maybe I will teach you some. But for now you just know about the Hopi. So I hope you enjoyed learning about the Hopi Indians.
My sources were: The Hopi Indians in person