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The Supernatural Belief system of the Hopi The Native American culture group called the Hopi live in the SW portion of the US. The live in 16 villages that are located on the top of mesas with a total population of 8000-10000. The Hopi are horticulturalists who focus on the cultivation of corn. They call corn the Hopi's heart because it is used in a variety of ways. For example, people use corn meal when they pray to carry the prayer to the supernatural world and the first food that is given to a child is corn. The Hopi are matrilineal and matrilocal. There are 14 matrilineal clans and these clans own land and ceremonies, have kachinas associated with them and have ritual leaders who perform the kachina dances. The affairs of a clan are directed by a Male Elder who directs male activities and dances and a Clan Mother who directs female activities and dances and oversees the allocation of land to clan members. I. The Hopi recognize three types of supernatural powers and beings A. Gods and Goddesses. The Hopi are polytheistic and recognize numerous gods and goddesses. There are two especially important gods and goddesses. (1) God of the Sun, Father of the Universe and (2) Earth Mother, also
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