Hopi Fall Harvest Festivals:
Sept. 22 and 23
This year the Fall Harvest Festival will be held at the base of First Mesa just off of Hwy 264 next to the Tewa Senior Center, which is on the left side of the main highway, at the east end of Polacca. They will have social dances throughout the day by different groups from around Hopi. Artists from Hopi and New Mexico Pueblos with have many booths and there will be food vendors. Bring your own chair.
Oct. 13 and 14
Tuuvi Gathering in Upper Moencopi will have dance groups all weekend and many Hopi, Navajo and Puebloan artist booths plus food booths. This field site is reached by a short dirt road just east of the Moencopi Legacy Inn. This is very popular, best to go early in the day. Bring your own chair.
And next door in Tuba City, the Navajo Western Fair will be going on with Navajo cultural activities, rodeo and fair. See schedule here.
Our Recent Grants to Benefit Hopi Youth & Sustainability of Hopi Lands
We are pleased to make a donation of $4,000 to Ancestral Lands Hopi.
This program provides opportunities to engage local tribal youth and young adults in conservation projects aimed at restoring and stewarding tribal natural resources. Project work includes employment and training for Hopi crews with such projects as geographic information system (GIS) mapping, agricultural work, stream restoration, fencing, trail building, and more. Many of these work crews camp in remote wilderness areas and gain training in technical work skills, as well as valuable professional development in leadership, work ethics, communication, and teamwork.
We feel this is a great investment toward Hopi empowerment plus land conservation and employment. The Hopi Ancestral Lands Coordinator, Marshall Masayesva, also founded Adventures for Hopi (see Facebook page). This is a developmental outdoor education training program. Both groups will be combined under Ancestral Lands Hopi. We will purchase $1,000 worth of backpacking and camping outdoor gear for inspiring adventures in self-reliance, conservation, and teamwork in the backcountry.
August 5, 2018 upbeat Facebook post from coordinator: “Ancestral Lands Hopi #633 NCC Crew is beginning to wrap up the season! It’s been another great summer teaming up with AL to offer a pretty sweet experience visiting national parks! Its been a once in a lifetime opportunity to get paid to visit National Parks and learn about what career options are available to you! We had a ton of firsts! First time kayaking, backpacking, camping, and first time job exposure to conservation work! Good job NCC y’all killed it and it’s been a pleasure working with you!”
We donated $1,000 to the Hopi Education Endowment Fund which is endowed permanently by Hopi Tribe seed money. Hopi staff funds on average over 120+ eligible students per semester (fall/spring) and close to 30 in the summer. “The end product of their program is a college degree that builds the manpower necessary to carry the tribe forward into the future.” They also fund special classes at Hopi.
Happy Fall Equinox to each of you and thank you for your support of and interest in Hopi Culture and People,