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The Winter Solstice Altars at Hano Pueblo.

by J. Walter Fewkes.


The fetishes displayed in their kivas by different phratries during the Winter Solstice ceremony at the Hopi pueblo of Walpi, in northeastern Arizona, have been described in a previous article,[1] in which the altar made in the _Monkiva_, or ”chief” ceremonial chamber, by the _Patki_ and related people has been given special attention.

The author had hoped in 1898[2] to supplement this description by an exhaustive study of the Winter Solstice ceremonies of all the families of the East Mesa, but was prevented from so doing by the breaking out of an epidemic. This study was begun with fair results, and before withdrawing from the kivas he was able to make a few observations on certain altars at Hano which had escaped him in the preceding year.

Walpi, commonly called by the natives _Hopiki_, ”Hopi pueblo,” began its history as a settlement of Snake clans which had united with the Bear phratry. From time to time this settlement grew in size by the addition of the _Ala_, _Pakab_, _Patki_, and other phratries of lesser importance. Among important increments in modern times may be mentioned several clans of Tanoan ancestry, as the _Asa_, _Honani_, and the like. These have all been a.s.similated, having lost their ident.i.ty as distinct peoples and become an integral part of the population of Walpi, or of its colony, Sitcomovi.[3] Among the most recent arrivals in Tusayan was another group of Tanoan clans which will be considered in this article. The last mentioned are now domiciled in a pueblo of their own called Hano; they have not yet, as the others, lost their language nor been merged into the Hopi people, but still preserve intact many of their ancient customs.

The present relations of Hano to Walpi are in some respects not unlike those which have existed in the past between incoming clans and Walpi as each new colony entered the Tusayan territory. Thus, after the _Patki_ people settled at the pueblo called Pakatcomo,[4] within sight of Old Walpi, they lived there for some time, observing their own rites and possibly speaking a different language much as the people of Hano do today. In the course of time, however, the population of the _Patki_ pueblo was united with the preepre Walpi families, Pakatcomo was abandoned, and its speech and ritual merged into those of Walpi.

Could we have studied the _Patki_ people when they lived at their former homes, Pakatcomo or h.o.m.olobi, we would be able to arrive at more exact ideas of their peculiar rites and altars than is now possible. Hano has never been absorbed by Walpi as the _Patki_ pueblos were, and the altars herein described still preserve their true Tanoan characteristics. These altars are interesting because made in a Tanoan pueblo by Tewa clans which are intrusive in the Hopi country, and are especially instructive because it is held by their priests that like altars are or were made in midwinter rites by their kindred now dwelling along the Rio Grande in New Mexico.

The midwinter rite in which the altars are employed is called _Tuntai_ by the Tewa, who likewise designate it by the Hopi name _Soyaluna_.

This latter term may be regarded as a general one applied to the a.s.semblages of different families in all the kivas of the East Mesa at that time. The name of the Tewa rite is a special one, and possibly the other families who a.s.semble at this time once had or still retain their own names for their celebrations. The _Tuntai_ altars were brought by the ancestors of the present people of Hano from their old eastern home, and the rites about them are distinctly Tewan, although celebrated at the same time as the Winter Solstice ceremonies of the Hopi families.


The pueblo called Hano is one of three villages on the East Mesa of Tusayan and contained, according to the writer's census of 1893, a population of 163 persons. It was settled between the years 1700 and 1710 by people from Tcewadi, a pueblo situated near Pena Blanca on the Rio Grande in New Mexico. Although only six persons of pure Tanoan ancestry are now living at Hano, the inhabitants still speak the Tewa dialect and claim as kindred the peoples of San Juan, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Nambe, and Tesuque.[5] The best traditionists declare that their ancestors were invited to leave their old home, Tcewadi, by the Snake chief of Walpi, who was then pueblo chief of that village. They claim that they made their long journey to give aid against the Ute Indians who were raiding the Hopi, and that they responded after four consecutive invitations. The Walpi Snake chief sent them an bearing prayer-sticks as offerings, and although they had refused three invitations they accepted the fourth.

According to traditions the following clans have lived in Hano, but it is not stated that all went to the East Mesa together from Tcewadi: _Okuwun_, Rain-cloud; _Sa_, Tobacco; _Kolon_, Corn; _Tenyuk_, Pine; _Katcina_, Katcina; _Nan_, Sand; _Kopeeli_, Pink Sh.e.l.l; _Koyanwi_, Turquoise; _Kapolo_, Crane; _Tun_, Sun; _Ke_, Bear; _Te_, Cottonwood; _Tayek_ (?); _Pe_, Firewood; and _Tceta_, Bivalve sh.e.l.l.

The early chiefs whose names have been obtained are Mapibi of the _Nan-towa_, Potan of the _Ke-towa_, and Talekwen and Kepo of the _Kolon-towa_. The present village chief is Anote of the _Sa-towa_ or Tobacco clan.[6]

Of the original clans which at some time have been with the Hano people, the following have now become extinct: _Kopeeli_, _Koyanwi_, _Kapolo_, _Tun_, _Tayek_, _Pe_,[7] and _Tceta_. The last member of the _Tun_ or Sun people was old chief Kalacai who died about four years ago. It is quite probable that several of these extinct clans did not start from Tcewadi with the others. There were several waves of Tanoan emigrants from the Rio Grande region which went to Tusayan about the same time, among which may be mentioned the _Asa_, which took a more southerly route, via Zuni. The route of the _Asa_ people will be considered in another article, and the evidences that some of the _Asa_ clans joined their kindred on their advent into Tusayan will be developed later. Probably certain members of the _Katcina_ clan accompanied the _Asa_ people as far as the Awatobi mesa and then affiliated with the early Hano clans.[8]

The census of Hano in December, 1898, was as follows:

_Clans_ _Males_ _Females_ _Total_ Okuwun 12 8 20 Sa 8 5 13 Kolon 11 12 23 Tenyuk 12 16 28 Ke 5 10 15 Katcina 8 9 17 Te 5 4 9 Nan 4 7 11 ---- Total native to Hano domiciled at home 136

The above enumeration of Hano population does not include Walpi and Sitcomovi men married to Hano women (23), nor Tewa men living in the neighboring pueblos (15).[9] Adding these, the population is increased to 174, which may be called the actual enumeration at the close of 1898. Subsequent mortality due to smallpox and whooping-cough will reduce the number below 160.

In the following lists there are arranged, under their respective clans, the names of all the known inhabitants of Hano. There have been several deaths since the lists were made (December 1, 1898), and several births which also are not included. It will be noted that the majority have Tanoan names, but there are several with names of Hopi origin, for in these latter instances I was unable to obtain any other.[10]

_Census of Hano by Clans_

_Okuwun-towa_, or Rain-cloud clan.--Men and boys: Kalakwai, Kala, Tcua, Wiwela, Kahe, Yane, Solo, Yunci, Pade, Klee, Kochayna, Kee (12).

Women and girls: Sikyumka, Kwentce, Talitsche, Yoyowaiolo, Pobitcanwu, Yoanuche, Asou, Tawamana (8). Total, 20.

_Sa-towa_, or Tobacco clan.--Men and boys: Anote, Asena, Tem[)e], Ipwantiwa, Howila, Nuci, Yauma, Satee (8). Women and girls: Okan, Heli, Kotu, Kwan, Mota (5). Total, 13.

_Kolon-towa_, or Corn clan.--Men and boys: Polakka, Patuntupi, Akontcowu, Komaletiwa, Agaiyo, Tcid[)e], Oba, Toto, Peke, Kelo, Tasce (11). Women and girls: Kotcaka, Talikwia, Nampio, Kwentcowu, Heele, Pele, Kontce, Koompipi, Chaiwu, Kweckatcanwu, Awatcomwu, Antce (12).

Total, 23.

_Tenyuk-towa_, or Pine clan.--Men and boys: Tawa, Nato, Wako, Paoba, Topi, Yota, Pobinelli, Yeva, Tane, Lelo, Sennele, Poctce (12). Women and girls: Tonlo, Hokona, Kode(?), Sakpede, Nebenne, Tabowuqti, Poh[ve], Saliko, Eye, Porkun, Pehta, Hekpobi, Setale, Naici, Katcine, Tcenlapobi (16). Total, 28.