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Hopi Prophecy

The Blue Star Kachina and that the Purifier, the Red Star Kachina

The name Hopi is a shortened form of their autonymHopituh Shi-nu-mu ("The Peaceful People" or "Peaceful Little Ones").[3] The Hopi Dictionary[4] gives the primary meaning of the word "Hopi" as: "behaving one, one who is mannered, civilized, peaceable, polite, who adheres to the Hopi way." In the past, Hopi sometimes used the term "Hopi" and its cognates to refer to the Pueblo peoples in general, in contrast to other, more warlike tribes.[5]

Hopi is a concept deeply rooted in the culture's religion, spirituality, and its view of morality and ethics. To be Hopi is to strive toward this concept, which involves a state of total reverence and respect for all things, to be at peace with these things, and to live in accordance with the instructions of Maasaw, the Creator or Caretaker of Earth. The Hopi observe their traditional ceremonies for the benefit of the entire world.