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High on the mesas in the arid land of northeastern Arizona live the Hopi westernmost of the Pueblo people A small peaceful and friendly group they have occupied their barren mesa tops and farmed their arid but fertile valleys for many centuries Clinging tenaciously to their marginal land they have withstood drought famine and the onslaught of nomadic raiders The pressure of Spanish domination pestilence and more recently cultural inundation have diminished but not destroy their traditional pattern of life The Hopi are bound together by their religion a multi-stranded cord uniting them to withstand the hazards of a harsh environment and in rebuffing foreign incursions Their religion is both their bulwark and the lure that attracts forces that would destroy them Wright 1 Hopi traditions and lifestyles have not changed significantly over the years To this day the Hopi Indians are still found where they have been found for many years The Hopi have withstood great loss and disappointment but have never lost their faith and union between each other A major part of the Hopi life is their religious beliefs and ceremonies Many of the religious ceremonies that the Hopi Indians perform are still performed to the present day An important part of the Hopi religion is the Kachina Along with the religious aspect the Kachina has other meaning to the Hopi The three main aspects of the Hopi Kachina are the supernatural beings the dancers who impersonate these beings and the wooden dolls To the Hopi Indians of Arizona the first aspect of the Kachina is the supernatural beings The Hopi do no necessarily worship the Kachinas so much as they consider them as a supernatural force to be recognized and worked with The supernatural beings of the Kachina are part of the religious beliefs of the Hopi Indians The Kachina cult has been described as a common denominator in Hopi religion Wright 11 This cult
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