ERIC Number: ED082914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Cultural Awareness for New Teachers to Hopi.
Rhodes, Robert, Comp.
The paper contains some ideas to help new teachers coming to the Hopi Indian Reservation. There are certain cultural values and taboos which the Hopi people take for granted but which non-Indians do not have. This paper gives teachers an idea of some areas which have proved to be sensitive in the past. Listed are 6 areas, such as not using snakes in the classroom since they belong to snake clan and are used for religious ceremonies. Also listed are 8 superstitions which Hopis may or may not believe--e.g., ants can get under the skin and cause bad sores, so teachers might want to think twice about an ant farm. Seven general observations are also listed--e.g., pipes have religious significance and probably should not be made by children at school. This paper is meant to make teachers aware of the Hopi culture so that they may develop alternatives that offend as few as possible. Two professional organizations to consult for assistance are mentioned--the Hopi Education Association and the National Council of Bureau of Indian Affairs Educators. (FF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Bureau of Indian Affairs Educators.