In this video, Lillian Hill of the Hopi Tribe reads her poem, Askwali, that speaks to her forefathers and is a reflection we can all learn from.
(“in the Hopi language the female and male speaker have their own word for thank you, a female must say askwali, and the male will say kwakwha’” - read more)
“The Hopi Indians, which means good, peaceful, or wise, come from a group of Southwestern people called Pueblo… They live in northeast Arizona at the southern end of the Black Mesa.” Traditionally, “the women own the land and the house, cook and weave the baskets. The men plant and harvest, weave cloth, and perform the ceremonies. When a child is born they get a special blanket and a perfect ear of corn. On the 20th day they take the child to the mesa cliff and hold it facing the rising sun. When the sun hits the baby is given a name.” (Keep reading about the Hopi here.)
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