Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects

Support for Hopi Families during coronavirus emergency

Support for Hopi Families during coronavirus emergency

The Hopi Tribe declared a state of emergency March 23. For the health and safety of the whole tribe, Hopis are being advised to stay in their homes on their remote reservation in northeastern Arizona.

“Hopi Faith”. This basket of medicinal items is a well wishing for everyone on this Easter Sunday by Hopi artist Fil Kewanyama who says:  This symbolizes a positive message that you will have faith in a good outcome. The Earth will heal itself and we will be OK.

Painting of a Hopi basket with sacred objects such as prayer feathers illustrates the positive belief in healing for Mother Earth and her peoples.

“Hopi Faith” by Fil Kewanyama (shared with permission)

Gatherings are prohibited.
Villages are closed to non-residents and security checkpoints are in place.

Checkpoint at Mishongnovi Village entrance April 24, 2010

Checkpoint on road into Mishongnovi and Shipaulovi, 4-24-20

Many Hopi people are in need of hygiene supplies and groceries.

A few of the villages have small stores.  However, those who have vehicles to travel to them, find mostly empty shelves.  The nearest major stores are 60 to 90 minutes away in the cities of Flagstaff or Winslow, Arizona.

Stores on the adjacent Navajo Reservation also have insufficient supplies. In addition, the Navajo Nation is closed to visitors because all of Navajoland is impacted by a growing number of coronavirus cases.

Hopi family waving from open door of cliff edge home.

Hopi family visit during Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects December, 2019 Hopi Holiday Project, an annual program since 1999. Now with the Covid emergency, we are shipping, rather than delivering support supplies. Photo by Chris-Duffy Wentzel.

The Hopi Tribe is a sovereign nation of more than 1.5 million acres.  There are 12 Hopi villages on three mesas.  7,000+ Hopis live here. Hopi is surrounded by the larger Navajo Reservation, which has about 357,000 people.

Hopi youth are out of school and most do not have home internet access.  Few Wifi hotspots exist across the entire 1.5 million acres of the Hopi nation.

Spiral shaped sun represents sending out blessings.

Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects

begun March 19, 2020; updated April 24, 2020.

1. Crossing Worlds Hopi Projects invites monetary donations to help us ship boxes of hygiene, food supplies and youth learning supplies to Hopi families and elders during this time of isolation.

Hopi community volunteers provide us shipping addresses for families and seniors in need.  And the Hopi recipients are very appreciative to receive these boxes.

Hopi elder happy to receive a space heater and Hopi coronavirus emergency hygiene and food support..

Hopi elder happy to receive a space heater in March.

2. Activities for Hopi youth, who are out of school, are also important. For example, we send personalized, age-specific art, learning supplies and other in-home activities to households.  

Hopi youth learning weaving skills and cultural meaning of weaving.

A Hopi youth learning weaving skills and its meaning within Hopi culture. 

3. The main employment, selling Hopi art, is impacted as tourism is not happening. We invite opportunities for Hopis to make linkages to sell their art with the outside world.

100% of your tax-deductible donation is applied to daily orders for boxes of food and hygiene supplies.  The suppliers then ship directly to Hopi families. 
Please put Emergency Support in memo field.

In addition, we are dedicating part of our annual budget for kids learning items.

We are an all-volunteer group with no paid staff.


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The Hopi Tribe Emergency Operations Center

HERC is now set up and operating out of the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial Center site in Kykotsmovi, Arizona

This is the staging area for bulk emergency supplies shipped to the Hopi Tribe through federal, state and private sources.
928-734-3661 or 928-734-3663.
Operational hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

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Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund

The Hopi Foundation has established a fund to provide assistance to those in need during emergency situations.

The Hopi Foundation is a non-governmental, Hopi-operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on strengthening the community by improving the skills and resources of its community members.

“Their Emergency Assistance Fund is just one of several services provided by The Hopi Foundation. Many of the services their programs provide — substance abuse mentoring, farming workshops, leadership trainings, free tax services — are stalled with the current quarantine policies.
One of their programs, KUYI – Hopi Radio, is at the front lines of providing Hopi communities with current and important news regarding COVID-19.
(source: Hopi-Navajo Observer, 4-24-20)

“The Hopi Foundation Emergency Assistance Fund offers aid to local villages, organizations and individuals with the intent to distribute supplies and resources to groups in critical need, such as low-income households, elders, single-parents, those with disabilities, or people with little-to-no access to transportation.”
(source: The Hopi Foundation)

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HOPI Values

“Since time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopitutskwa and have maintained our sacred covenant with Maasaw, the ancient caretaker of the earth, to live as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. Over the centuries we have survived as a tribe, and to this day have managed to retain our culture, language and religion despite influences from the outside world.”
source: Hopi Tribe official site

Hopi Mesas in remote northeastern Arizona where villages are under a coronavirus emergency declaration and Hopi families are in need of food and hygiene supplies.

View of Second Mesa area of Hopi from the south by Sandra Cosentino.