Sample Reflection Paper on the Traditional life of the Hopi
I found it interesting reading about the Hopi as their traditional stories kept me fascinated and wanting to know more. Their traditional life establishes their creation and cultural identity in a unique way. Their origin account is strongly compelling, and as every group has its own origin stories, the Hopi’s origin story particularly creates the beauty of the diversity of cultures. The origin account of my culture entirely identifies itself with a supernatural being; there is uniqueness with the Hopi people’s belief that originally there was neither light nor living thing on earth (306). They believe that only three caves existed underground which people climbed one by one until they reached the earth. From the chapter, “the Hopi possibly more than any other Pueblo people, display continuity with the past” (305). I think that this could be the same reason they have passed their traditional way of life from one generation to another until its existence today.
Also from the chapter, the Hopi people had an identity of development stages. For example, the author states that, “A Hopi girl wore her hair long until she passed through puberty…after she got married, her hair was parted in the middle and worn long again” (307). Perhaps, this was their way of differentiating stages and communicating visually. For example, if one spotted parted hair, then they had to respect such status and be respected by other people as well, and this helped in upholding moral behaviors. As such, every aspect of their traditional life including marriage, subsistence farming, and social dimension had meaning and purposes just like most of the cultures. For example, in page (313), grooms joined female households. This is further explained that the Hopi traced descent through females and that was their best way of tracing descent in any clan.