2011 Hopi Project YouTube video:
Supplies & Food for Hopi Families
Annual Hopi Holiday Winter Gifting ProjectYour donations have supported this since 1999. We take food and gifts to families and elders in several villages on all 3 Mesas.
Hopi School Children SupportWe take school and learning supplies to Hopi youth, including Hopi foster home kids, in the fall and again during our annual Hopi Holiday Project winter gifting project. You can also sponsor a child/family with monthly monetary donations or even ship supplies to them.
Hopi Orchard – Garden- Healthy Eating ProjectOrchards, edible shrubs, herbs, kitchen garden projects using low water drip systems and permaculture design-with-nature practices as part of creating more local food supply and healthier diet. There is growing interest at Hopi in this type of food raising along with the traditional dry-farm crops that Hopi farmers have cultivated for centuries. Current projects:
- Support for Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture training and orchard-garden infrastructure installation grants to worthy recipients
- Natwanhoyum Tunatya (means teach and farm together for the future) at Second Mesa, Hopi. Farming at Hopi is a whole set of values and spiritual practices.
- Other individual projects and training seminars such as orchard pruning and restoration
Hopi Home Repair-RemodelToday, 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. Hopi Home Repair Project. 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. Donations are welcome to help us continue with projects such as:
- a 3-generation family living in a one room home with no bathroom we are working with to provide assistance to complete the project they have started
- an elder couple with leaking roof and structural problems with a very old home
We sponsor educational programs in Sedona such as:+ Archaeology sites of the Verde Valley and New Site Protection Program, 2016 by Ken Zoll + Hopi Homes: Historic and Today, 2015 by Susan Secakuku and Joe Seidenberg + Hopi Permaculture presentation by Lilian Hill, 2014 + Hopi Youth Role by Ramson Lomatewama, 2013
Support for Hopis Coming to Verde Valley, Arizona for Verde Valley Archaeological Center Programs and Field training at archaeology sitesIn the Verde Valley there are over 5,000 Ancestral Puebloan sites from the 11,000 years of occupation of this region. Hopi ancestors abandoned this region by about 1425, but still maintain active shrine sites throughout the valley. I will never forget in 1994 the words of the Hopi Tribal Chairman who was here to dedicate an ancestral site, Sugarloaf, which had been saved from the bulldozer by private donations who bought it and placed it in trust with the Archaeological Conservancy: “this is your heritage too.” In that moment, he made me feel at home in a deeper way. See article and images here from spring, 2012, our first event.
The Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects has a goal to provide support to bring traditional Hopi people to Verde Valley programs to:–Share cultural information, arts, social dances with the interested public to provide a living connection to the descendants of the people who inhabited this valley for so many millenia. This will add cultural richness to archaeological focus. For the Hopis ancestral times and wisdom weave seamlessly with their world of today. –Provide Hopis a chance to learn more about their ancestral sites, have a family outing in a positive learning environment where they are respected for their knowledge, give Hopi artists a chance to sell their art and traditional foods to support their life on the remote reservation. We appreciate donations to provide support for Hopi families for gas, food and lodging. End of March each year at Camp Verde, south of Sedona: The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair. The Fair features exhibits, demonstrations, a “archaeology for kids” area, and an International Archaeology Film Festival, programs on on going research on our local archaeology sites. The Fair will include an American Indian Art Show with artists doing demonstrations.