Mishongnovi, Arizona

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Also known as Second Mesa, and sometimes spelled Mishongovi, Mishongnovi is one of three villages located on Second Mesa within the network and community of the Hopi people spread out across the three mesas within Black Mesa in Arizona. The area of all three mesas makes up the Hopi reservation. Each of the mesas has its own cultural and spiritual significance to the Hopi people, and similarly, each village maintains its own traditions and rituals even while there is overlap among them. Mishongnovi is located on the eastern side of Second Mesa, which also includes the villages of Shipaulovi and Shongopovi. The Hopi word Mishongnovi means "Place of the Black Man" and may refer to the leader who brought the people to the villages in the thirteenth century. Ruins of previous village structures dating from the 13th century to the 1680s are located near the current village.

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"Hopi Indian Villages on the Second Mesa, Arizon, 1950-1970" photograph, Josef Muench Collection (NAU.PH.2003.11.9.E8184). Special Collections and Archives, Cline Library, Northern Arizona University.

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