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"Blessing at Wuwuchim"
18 ½"H x 13 ½" W x 10 ½"D
ED-8 2017 Bronze
Wuwuchim is one of the most sacred ceremonies of the Hopi people. It takes place at the beginning of their New Year in November. All roads are closed leading to the Hopi mesas and communities to prevent interference from the outside World. It is an important time for selection and initiation of the young people into the various societies that will influence them throughout the remainder of their lives. In the sculpture, two "Two Horn" priests are blessing the ground in front of the entrances of the kivas at the beginning of Wuwuchim with corn meal. Later the corn meal will be collected and spread on the pathways throughout the communities to bless the individuals that participate in this sacred event.