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2007 VENUES:
KAWESTIMA, HOMOLOVI & san juan river




The main goal of the Kawestima (Navajo National Monument) venue is for Hopi youth to learn Hopi history and culture through the theme of community. Community is integral to Hopi culture; yet, Hopi history demonstrates dramatic changes in community life. Youth will develop an understanding of these changes through the study of architecture and the roles of community members. By exploring the village layout, architecture, and artifacts at Keet Seel, Hopi youth will better understand changes community life. In addition, a detailed examination of the cliff dwelling’s local setting in relation to the broader region will widen the youth’s understanding of geography and the importance of landscape in community development.

"The canyon Tseyi Canyon within which these villages sit are called "Lenaytupqa" or Flute Canyon. It is called that due the presence of the Flute Clan in this area. This canyon feature prominently in Katsina ceremonial traditions today.

Keet Seel is called Kawestima in Hopi. The term is use universally by Hopi to refer to the total area. Kawestima is the ancestral home to the Kookopwungwa (Fire or Burrowing Owl Clan), Tsivatowungwa (Big Horn Sheep Clan) and maybe the Iswungwa (Coyote Clan)."

Leigh J. Kuwanwisiwma (Paaqavi Village) - Hopi Cultural Preservation Office


homolovi group

The primary goal of the Homolovi State Park venue is to promote intergenerational learning of Hopi history and culture through the theme of cultural connections. Most of the large sites in the Park are very late in prehistory and are relatively close to the Hopi Mesas. Hopi elders have vivid memories that are passed down orally about the sites. Because of this close connection, Homolovi represents an ideal location to learn about Hopi’s cultural connection with the recent past. In addition, the Hopi Tribe has been in collaborative discussions with Park managers about assuming management of the Park. This allows an incredible opportunity for Hopi youth to be involved in management development plan for Homolovi State Park. Their perspective can help formulate how Hopi cultural resources are managed.



san juan river

The primary goal of the San Juan River venue is to promote intergenerational learning of Hopi history and culture through the theme of food. Because food is so incredibly social and central to Hopi culture, community, and identity, it provides a unique opportunity to explore Hopi history and culture. Food is a natural theme along the San Juan River and the abundant archaeological and natural resources convey a long-term perspective on the changes in our food system—from prehistoric hunting and gathering to modern day ranching. By utilizing the theme of food, other topics such as language, clan migration, and ethnobotany are also explored. Ancient rock art along the river is included as part of increased cultural identity related to place. See link for more details (sanjuan).

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