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Unformatted text preview: Daniel McAree REL 306 4/7/11 Video Reaction: Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World The video “Hopi: Songs of the Fourth World” focuses on the Hopi people and in particular, the special place that corn has in plating and Hopi thought. At the time of the Emergence, the god Massaw let the ancestral Hopi pick a type of corn to be their own, and they picked blue corn that would sustain them in a hard but enduring life. This blue corn still shows up in their use of corn today. In the film, corn of different colors such as blue, red, white, and yellow are placed and hung along the tops of homes along the ceiling on the outside, or hanging down from the top of the home. Also, corn is grown around the home in typical Hopi homes. Growing corn is compared to young unmarried maidens and the reverse because plants are ready to bear, like young maidens. In corn plants, the ears are like the children of the stalk. The woman’s wedding sash or shall has corn tassles and fringes to represent rain and growth, red dots...
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course REL 306 taught by Professor Mckinley during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.
- Spring '11