Hopi Agricultural & Food Symposium

The Natwani Coalition hosts the Hopi Agricultural & Food Symposium every two years. Each year the event focuses on bringing the Hopi community members together to discuss topics and issues regarding the Hopi food system and farming.
The most recent symposium event hosted by the Natwani Coalition was on July 30-31, 2012. It was a two-day event filled with educational sessions that focused on strengthening intergenerational knowledge on Hopi traditional farming and other agricultural and food production. In addition, participants were able to take ‘field’ trips to local Hopi fields and homes for hands-on agricultural sessions (Hopi traditional corn bake, composting, orchard restoration, Hopi sustainable farming and building practices, etc.)
The 2012 Event Flyer.
Created by Tiffany Bahnimptewa.

We appreciate all those who attended and their feedback on the end of event evaluations.  Here are a few words from partcipants:

“The field trips were very good and
helped me to understand what challenges and solutions are being adopted. The
open session discussion on seed was reassuring.”

“Visiting farms and homes, sharing food and listening to farmers explain the relationships with the land and seeds.”

“All of it was deeply meaningful to me but
I think the most meaningful things were
the corn/bean fields and corn baking
site visits including the Hopi farming
and food policy workshop.”

"Sinmuy natwan'navoti makiwa'at: the people's agricultural knowledge received"
2012 event theme to help focus on the intergenerational sharing and learning of all participants.
Elizabeth Wadsworth & Ruth Ami, food preparation leads prepared two days of Hopi traditional breakfast & lunch. Foods included, Patupsuki, red tsili paste (pictured), somiviki, and hohoysie (Hopi tea).

Day 1 - July 30, 2012
A highlight of day one was the ‘field’ trip site trio; “Tuupeplalwa (traditional corn baking) & Hopi sustainable living at Micheal Johnson’s field home, Lillian Hill & Family’s Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture’s demonstration gardens, and Max Taylor and Leonard Talaswaima on Traditional Hopi corn & bean planting at the Talaswaima fields.  Participants of all ages had the opportunity to learn outside and in the ground from Hopi farmers at their homes and fields. The goal for these sites was to be inspired to use ideas gained at the sites. The afternoon of day 1 allowed for community members to participate in Open Space Sessions that allowed for them to lead their own conversation on topics with the help of a facilitator. The Natwani Coalition is very grateful to have been able to capture raw feedback from the people on: Hopi Food & Farming policy, Modern Farming Techniques, Outside Seeds, and Care & Maintenance of Hopi Plants and Fields.

Leonard Talaswaima and Max Taylor host a field-trip site that gave hands on learning on Hopi traditional farming, pest control, invasive weeds, and more!

Day 1 - July 30, 2012

Day 2 focused on presentations topics that were selected based on the community’s interest and what is found of importance. This helped to invite presenters to share knowledge on: 
  1. Hopi vs. Non-Hopi Farming with Orin Poley Jr. (youth), Susan Secakuku, & Leonard Talaswaima
  2. Roles of Women/Men Related to Hopi Farming with Marlene Sekaquaptewa, LeeWayne Lomayestewa, & Christopher Yaiva
  3. Hopi Food with Max Taylor, Iva Honyestewa, & Tiffany Bahnimptewa
  4. Hopi Agricultural Calendar with Kyle Knox & Gene Kuwanquaftewa
  5. Natwani, The Meaning with the Hopi Tribe Office of Cultural Preservation & The Cultural Resource Advisory Task Team.

Community resources were also available on day 2 for participants to receive one-on-one outreach that ranged from farming tools, US Natural Resources Conservation services, starting a chicken farm, to spring restoration. The second day was filled with sharing and strengthening Hopi agriculture amongst the Hopi and Tewa community as well as our neighboring and distant visitors. The day ended with the blessings of rain as we continue the work to strengthen Hopi traditional agriculture.

The event planning begins months before with dedicated individuals of the Natwani Coalition Community Advisory Board, Hopi Foundation Staff and our community partners. This year we would like to give a great big thank you to each and every one of our volunteers, sponsors, and our site host,  Hopi Day School.
See you in 2014!
HF Webmaster,
Jan 10, 2013, 1:47 PM