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in the Hopi and Navajo tribes
of the Southwestern U.S. The Hopi:
Introduction The Hopi: An Agricultural Society The Hopi: Kinship and Power and Space Agriculture and
Gender Roles Division of Labour:
Men: Producers of
Women: Control of
land and distribution
The "womb of mother
nature" and the female
role as the "giver of life" Kinship, Power & Space Matrilineal Society - Heredity, inheritance and descent
Matrilocal - Residence based on female kinship lines
Mowi - Power in the act of feeding The Hopi: Present Day Society Hopi Children Belong to the mother's clan
Named by the women in the father's clan (during the naming ceremony) Gender and Religion in Hopi Society Video: Hopi Eagle Dance Religious Themes:
2. Fertility Men: "Messengers to
Women: "Responsible for reproduction and fertility" Hopi Pottery Hopi Pottery Women are the potters
Quality of the pots are reflective of the potter's home life
Pots have both practical and ceremonial value
Poorly executed pottery can result in social exclusion and shunning Economic transition from an agricultural to cash society
Reduction of desired family size
New roles for women: Access to the paid labour and political tribal positions Contemporary Hopi Culture Naming Ceremony Takes place 21 days after birth
The child's mother, aunts, and grandmothers gather and decide on a name for the child The Navajo People:
An Introduction Kinship & Marriage Gender and Labor Modes of Production, Economy, and Gender Ideologies, Rituals, and Traditions