Visual Prominence and the Stability of Cultural Landscapes

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Visual Prominence and the Stability of Cultural Landscapes

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Department/School

Sociology and Anthropology

Abstract/Excerpt

Kukveni—footprints—are a powerful historical metaphor that the Hopi people use to comprehend their tangible heritage. Hopis say that the deity Máasaw instructed their ancestors to leave footprints during their migrations from their origin place to their home today as evidence that they had fulfilled a spiritual pact to serve as stewards of his land. Today’s Hopis understand these footprints to be the archaeological remains of former settlements—pottery sherds, stone tools, petroglyphs, and other physical evidence of past use and occupation of the land.

Document Type

Chapter

Book Title

Footprints of Hopi History: Hopihiniwtiput Kukveni'at

Editors

Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma, T. J. Ferguson, Chip Colwell

Publisher

University of Arizona Press

Place of Publication

Tucson, AZ

Publication Date

2018

Pages

73-89

ISBN

9780816536986

Keywords

cultural landscapes, Hopi, Native American history, cultural heritage, native traditions

Disciplines

Anthropology | Cultural History | Indigenous Studies | Place and Environment | Sociology

Visual Prominence and the Stability of Cultural Landscapes

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