Teaching Through Hopi Songs
The response to our first CD, Learning Through Hopi Songs, was very positive. We realized that if we were to continue with the challenge of preserving the Hopi language, we needed to take a Hopi approach. This approach had to be focused on the Hopi life, experiences and hardships.
Composing and singing is our reward. By singing, we draw the picture of Hopi life while we build our Hopi vocabulary. Singing brings about happiness and most importantly, it is fun. The tune has to be attractive and the words replicated.
This led to this second CD, Teaching Through Hopi Songs-an expression of the Hopi culture in songs.. These songs focus on simple philosophical Hopi teachings. Here we have a mixture of songs that include planting, the Hopi buffalo dance, premeditation for the summer months and self-evaluation. Hopi oral history teaches us that at the beginning of life in this fourth world, Maasawu’ allowed us to live on HIS land provided that we take care of it for HIM. HE provided us with a bag of seeds, a planting stick and a gourd of water. From that time, Hopi became farmers and stewards of this land and growing foods is our primary purpose.
Hopi life is very complex, but simple. This challenge to teach the language is huge. We are aware of the many outside influences and their adverse impact on maintaining Hopi as a living language. However, we view it all from the humble perspective of a tsuku (Hopi clown). That is, if we can help one person, we are satisfied. We have made a great contribution.