Snow in Hopiland heralds return of Piestewa
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A light snow was reported in northeastern Arizona over the weekend, a sign in Hopi culture of the return of one's spirit.

To the Hopi and Navajo communities who have kept vigil for two weeks, the flakes marked the spirit of Lori Ann Piestewa, 23. The mother of two was confirmed dead last week, an Army private first class "killed in action" in Iraq.

"When a Hopi is deceased, she comes back to the home mesas," Hopi chairman Wayne Taylor told The Washington Post on Saturday. "The spirit returns to the community and the family in the form of moisture. And this is Lori coming back."

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Today on Indianz.Com:
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Department of Defense News Release:
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