Formed in January 2004, The Natwani Coalition represents an affiliation of Hopi organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving Hopi farming traditions, strengthening the local Hopi food system and developing innovative sustainable strategies to promote wellness.
NatwaniNatwani literally means “produce” or “vegetables,” but more significantly, it refers to the processes and rituals necessary for the rejuvenation of all life. It is the intact web of obligation and activity involved in the planting, harvesting, processing, hunting and gathering of food. It is physical and spiritual sustenance.
Working toward preserving and strengthening the healthy food system and agricultural traditions of the Hopi & Tewa People.
Our goals is to support methods of agriculture, food distribution, and food consumption that are healthy for Hopi individuals and their communities that include:
The overall health and well-being of the Hopi people cannot be addressed without an improvement in diet and commensurate restoration of their local food system. In order to meet our objectives, the Natwani Coalition has leveraged varying levels of engagement from volunteers, collaborators and institutions on and off the Hopi reservation. Our strategy is to launch mutually reinforcing projects that over time will collectively restore the local food system.
The Coalition has been instrumental in starting or contributing to a number of projects related to the restoration of the Hopi food system. By launching a broad-based campaign that approaches food system restoration from multiple angles, we've been able to activate a wide constituency around our efforts. These include:
Partnerships & Contributors
The Natwani Coalition has built a network of partnerships that share the same vision in revitalizing and preserving traditional methods in Hopi agriculture and the Hopi food system.
2013 Natwani Coalition
Projects and Programs
Hopi Heirloom Seed Initiative
Education, Preservation and Sustaining Hopi Seeds
Hopi Food & Farming
See brochure below for more information
*Every 3rd Thursday of the Month*
Hopi Natwani for Youth Project
farming curriculum for Hopi & Tewa
Schools and Youth Programs
*Currently being piloted at First Mesa Elementary School, Polacca, AZ!*
a gathering of Hopi & Tewa community members to engage in topics, educational presentations, networking, sharing, and conversation around the topics of food, farming, and agriculture
*Biennial Event - Next event:
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Contact the Natwani Coalition at (928) 734-2380/2390 for more information