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Hopi Home Projects

October 10, 2016
Hopi Home Projects

Hopi Home Projects

Home for Hopi people is rich in meaning and function within the Hopi annual cycle. Hopis are known for their ancestral multi-story plastered stone homes on mesa tops in northeastern Arizona.

Today, with growing population and changing building styles, many Hopi families face overcrowding, have substandard housing, indoor air quality challenges with the coal heaters, inadequate plumbing, insect infestations, poorly weatherized/drafty, and much higher than average housing disrepair.

Many of the Hopi Housing Project homes are decades old and in need of major repairs to roofs, plumbing and electrical. Cash for supplies and skilled help is often hard to find in this remote area with few job opportunities. Traditional stone homes collapse once the roof goes into disrepair. Some villages do not have sewer and water and alternative water set ups are needed.

We are working with Hopi skilled builder/repairmen and homeowner volunteer labor (and training in home maintenance) to address problems as we have funds available.

Please see our article Hopi Homes: Historical and Today for more information.

Old wall and door. Photo by Jackie Klieger

Home Health, Safety and Maintenance Projects

Many Hopi families lack the cash and/or skills to do badly needed repairs and thus live in substandard conditions.

Our first Hopi Home Repair projects are underway thanks to a $7,700 grant from a generous donor who empathizes with roof problems. We are really maximizing this budget with thrifty shopping, hard work by the Hopi contractor and participation of homeowners.

At Polacca, we are working with Hopi repairmen and the Hopi homeowner’s family (who is providing sweat equity and learning new skills) to repair an aging Hopi housing project cinder block home with a wide array of problems from leaking roof to major deficiencies in the plumbing, wiring, rotted front door, and badly worn out, barely functioning, kitchen and bathroom.

A second project at Second Mesa began with construction of a handicap ramp and installing an alternative toilet in a village with no sewer and water. This project is described at right hand side. The homeowners are very grateful for this support. We hope more donations will come in to enable us to finish this project.

We welcome donations to help us expand this to more families to help improve hygiene and living conditions.

We also welcome skilled people who have time to go up with their tools and pitch in.

photo of village plaza area taken in 1900

photo of village plaza area taken in 1900

Hopi Clifftop Plaza Home Rebuild Project

We are assisting a Second Mesa Hopi family to finish a room which will allow installation of a fresh and grey water system (tanks adjacent to home filled and emptied by hand), shower and kitchen to their one-room home on top of Second Mesa that has no running water or shower. The village has no sewer or water.

This home is part of the traditional ceremonial cycle of the village. We welcome donations to support this.

We need donations to finish the kitchen/shower addition and to begin to rebuild the fallen walls by the plaza.

The second phase will be to remove fallen over stone walls and rebuild 2 rooms next to the plaza. This is a family residence plus is used by the extended family during the many ceremonies of the year. Hopi contractors will work with the volunteer labor of the family to do this important project.
If you want to help, please email: