A Cemetery of Forgotten Indians

Burials of Hopi generally are private and occur within a day of a person’s death to allow the physical and spiritual journey of a person to begin simultaneously. Once a person is buried, Hopis don’t revisit the burial site.

“We allow nature to take its course, and the spirit has journeyed already,” said Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, director of the tribe’s cultural preservation office, but talking about a deceased person isn’t frowned upon.

“When you remember your people, you recognize that spiritually they are still with us,” he said.

Read the full article here | Associated Press

Also… Should Forgotten Indian Cemetery Remain Forgotten? | Indian Country Today



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