Homolovi Ruins State Park Name-Change Proposal Probably Doesn't Go Far Enough

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​The Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow should change its name to better reflect its ongoing connection to native peoples, say members of the Hopi tribe.

The tribe is petitioning the state to drop the word "ruins" from the name.

But the part of brain that's stagnated since junior high tells us the name-change proposal probably doesn't go far enough.

Maybe something should be done about the name, "Homolovi," which sounds more like an event at a gay-pride festival.

Yeah, we know we're being damned culturally insensitive about this. And we know that "Homolovi" means "place of little hills" in a language that isn't our own. We wouldn't insist that the Hopi request a completely different name just to quell the giggles of the world's ignoramuses.

But still... 

Two years ago, we had a wonderful time exploring the Homolovi Ruins State Park near Winslow. Pottery sherds litter the ground near the low walls of ancient dwellings, and we'll always treasure the sketches of some of them made by the junior archaeologist of our family.

But after getting back, we noticed an interesting phenomena: People we told of our trip, once we mentioned the park's name, grew a sideways smile and typically said something like, "What was the place called again?"

Non-Hopis do seem to find the name a bit weird, admits Ellen Bilbrey, state parks spokeswoman. But, she points out, Arizona has other unusual place names, such as Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Montezuma Castle National Monument, which has nothing to do with Montezuma.

Bilbrey admits the word "Homolovi," (which she pronounces "ho-MOLO-vee,") may be "hard to understand if you're not understanding of Hopi culture, and you're not inquisitive and interested in the 22 different tribes in Arizona."

It's also hard to say without chuckling if you've watched too much Beavis and Butthead.

In the interest of redeeming ourselves somewhat, we'll also mention that Homolovi is having a re-opening celebration this Friday, with events running through the weekend. Despite the funny name, the park is great fun for kids and history buffs.

 

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When the typical Arizonan hears "Homolovi," this is probably what first comes to mind.
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Winslowcemeteries
Winslowcemeteries

The pronunciation is Ho-mole-ovee think of a garden HOE, thegarden varmint MOLE followed by OH-VEE Homolovi accent is on the second syllable. The language is Hopi and the meaning is "The Place of the Little Hill above the Water Up High"

Max
Max

This is what happens when a 'writer' has too much time on their hands, is too lazy to do their homework and become familiar with the subject before putting their thoughts into words. Shouldn't this have come as a 'Letter to the Editor'? It shows how naive, uneducated and prejudiced he is. Can anyone guess the purpose for the article? It's buried in there somewhere. Perhaps rather than changing the name of Homolovi, the Newtimes should consider changing staff and hire new editors and writers.

Homol'ovi
Homol'ovi

But if umlauts and apostrophes were added to clearly define the phonetic and correct spelling, the English language is being bastardized and the minorities are taking over...But "Despite the funny name, the park is great fun for kids and history buffs." So in the essence of fair reporting gay-pride festivals are too? Backhand compliment of the week winner Ray Stern and the New Times, congrats

Veeh.
Veeh.

1. Basically you and others are suggesting to change the name because it's hit a black spot in your education and awareness of the world. Really can't do much about that now. 2. You spent some time blogging about it, now you know more but still the best you could do was write about how it sounds like something "gay".

3. Phoenixnewtimes found it printable worthy. I blame them for letting you run rampant.

4. Your name rhymes with "gay" =-=ehehehe ehe'eh

MUPPY HOPI
MUPPY HOPI

"Maybe something should be done about the name, "Homolovi," which sounds more like an event at a gay-pride festival.

Yeah, we know we're being damned culturally insensitive about this. And we know that "Homolovi" means "place of little hills" in a language that isn't our own. We wouldn't insist that the Hopi request a completely different name just to quell the giggles of the world's ignoramuses.

But still... "

NO! NOT "BUT STILL" JUST LEAVE IT ALONE!!! GEEZ, YOU PEOPLE!!!

3manasj
3manasj

i agree with balaqua. change the spelling. the pronunciaiton is completely different than it is supposed to be, it isnt "homo-lovi".

Balaqu_a
Balaqu_a

Just change the spelling, Huumul Ovi.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

The subject matter never falls far from the tree. Let's see...Ray writes about how an Indian tribe word reminds him of gays and James writes about public masturbation. Beavis and Butt head Times. It rings true somehow.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Hmmm. Little Colorado River Valley. Is that the location where the Uranium Mine operators polluted the groundwater and killed 100s of native americans?

Winslowcemeteries
Winslowcemeteries

Your thinking of the Church Rock Disaster in 1979.  It did dump mine tillings  into the Rio Puerco River and the Little Colorado River, The Colorado River and Lake Mead.

Lone Wolf
Lone Wolf

Actually, I would say for certain that approx. 75% of the world is polluted. Your own lovely golf course is made of recycled hazardous waste.

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