Monday, December 12th, 2011
Winter Solstice Craft: Egg Box Snake
egg carton snake made by my 3 and 4 years olds
Snakes are an important symbol for the Hopi Indians and make an appearance during the winter solstice ceremony, called Soyal. Although information about many of the Hopi rituals is scarce and hard to verify since so many ritual dances are closed to the public, tribal chiefs are said to make offerings and prayers to an effigy of a black plumed snake during the winter solstice, (although the main Hopi snake celebration is in August). During the Soyal ceremony, it is also reported that tribal members dress as snakes, warriors, the sun god and others, to perform ritual dances. The black snake symbolizes the evil influences driving the sun away and the dances are intended to bring the sun back and welcome the kachinas or spirits.
While the representative snake is black, kids love colors, so let them choose their colors. All that’s needed is an egg box to start.
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