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The Hopi people are a strong people They have many beliefs about life and the way that one should live Some people may see the Hopi as ethnocentric I argue that ethnocentrism is not the driving force of the Hopi but their culture and heritage has shaped them to be the proud people they areIn this paper I plan to examine the Hopi people some of their unusual beliefs and the prophecy that leads the Hopi nation to live in the way of the HopiHopi Indians refer to themselves as Hopitu - The Peaceable People Hopi also means good peaceful or wise They come from a group of Southwestern people called Pueblo According to the Hopi they consist of the descendants of various groups that entered the country from the north the east the south and the west Their ancestors the Anasazi appear to have been related to the Aztecs of Mexico and may have arrived in their current location five to ten thousand years ago Although related to the people of the various pueblos of the east the Hopi people never had a single group identity The Hopi nation was actually independent villages that held similar beliefs of basic culture and of the sacred with the Zuni and other pueblos while differing in language The Hopi language is of the Uto-Aztecan language baseThe Hopi creation myths detail the Hopis ascent to the world that we occupy In this myth the Hopi people and animals lived underground The earth was in a state of darkness above and below the earth The Hopi people living below the earth grew tired of the cramped space and filth that accompanies a large amount of people living in overcrowded conditions After many complaints two brothers one older and one younger went to the priest chiefs of the caves and asked if there was a way that they could help the people out of the squalor The priest chiefs answered
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