Niman Kachinas, Hopi Indian 'going home' ceremony (c. Jun 19 - 29)
A sixteen-day event, it begins around the time of the Summer Solstice. The Niman is one of the most solemn and dramatic of all Kachina rituals.
It is time to say goodbye to the Kachinas who return home to the San Francisco mountains for another Winter. The Niman is similar to Christmas: children receive gifts from the Kachinas before they leave.
Categories: indigenous, folklore, calendar-customs, usa, festival