Grandmother Mona Polacca Blue Water: Hopi /Tewa and Havasupai – Traditional Knowledge


This is a series of excerpts from Grandmother Mona Polacca Blue Water.., at a speaking engagement, in 2012.. with a few other video clips & photos added…

Grandmother Mona Polacca Blue Water
Hopi /Tewa and Havasupai

Spiritual Elder Holy Person Visionary
Social Justice Worker Wisdom Keeper
Native American Revitalization Movement Leader
Teacher Writer Caretaker Of Water
*Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers
Tribe Treasurer Speaker
Alcohol & Substance Abuse Worker
Leader Activist ….and much more..


Grandmother Mona Polacca believes that her origins are as important as her name, Polacca, which means butterfly in the Hopi language. On her father’s side, she a Hopi-Tewa from the Sun and the Tobacco Clans. It was her paternal grandfather who named her. In Hopi lore, the Butterfly symbolizes man’s spiritual transformation.

Grandmother Mona learned her Indian ways from her paternal grandmother who lived to be 102. She often prayed and talked to Mona about being a good person. “‘Be kind. Be nice to one another. Love your brothers and sisters; they are all you have.’ She’d say, ‘In Indian way, this is the way to be, this is the way to do things.'”

On her mother’s side, Grandmother Mona is Havasupai, the people of the Blue Green water, from the Grand Canyon area in Arizona. Grandmother Mona’s maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were the last chiefs of the Havasupai Nation. She believe their prayers helped make a way for her in this world.


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Many Blessings & Thanks..!

Kwakwha / Askwali/ Chi Miigwetch