‘Everything is drying up’: As springs on Hopi land decline, a sacred connection is threatened

By Ian James, Arizona Republic
AZ Central
December 7, 2020

The Hopi see influence of climate change — and suspect a link to coal industry’s groundwater pumping.

MISHONGNOVI — At the base of a sandstone mesa, the ground descends in a series of stone terraces and steps, forming an oval-shaped ceremonial gathering place with flat rocks arranged around a central pit. At the bottom, a pool of water shimmers in the sun.

This natural spring, called Toreva Spring, is a sacred place for Hopi people. For centuries, they have held religious ceremonies here while looking into its serene waters.

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