Hopi Maiden


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Unknown Detrot Photographic Co., Publishers inho507pc.jpg IN-HO-507 Hand-Tinted Color 1502.0507.0003 inho507pc Postcard 3x5 Historic Photographs 1890s Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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Hopi maiden with squash blossom whorl hair style.

One distinctive tribal hairstyle for Hopi women was the elaborate squash blossom or butterfly whorls worn by Hopi maidens. Only unmarried young women wore this complex hairstyle. She would receive a new name and assume the squash blossom hairstyle, the sign of marriageability and fertility.

To make this hairdo, a young woman's mother would wind her hair around a curved piece of wood to give it a round shape, then remove the wood frame.

NOTE: Sharlot Hall Museum Research Center has more Hopi photographs; however these are restricted and can only be viewed by approval from the Hopi Cultural Center (email: info@hopiculturalcenter.com or telephone 928-734-2401).

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