Hopi Farm Talk

Hopi Farm Talk, is another of Natwani Coalition's projects that help to educate and provide outreach for the Hopi community. Hopi Farm Talk is catered to addressing and discussing various aspects of Hopi farming with the public via KUYI 88.1 FM Hopi Radio. 

On September 20, 2012, Natwani Coalition initiated Hopi Farm Talk, solidifying a consistent time slot of every 3rd Thursday every month at 8:30 am. Natwani was also fortunate to have their own Community Advisory Board Member, Bruce "Tawatiyo" Talawyma to host the show.

Examples of Shows to Date

September - Recapping the 2012 Hopi Agriculture & Food Symposium
This show gave us the opportunity to reintroduce ourselves as Natwani Coalition to the world.  We chose to recap the very successful and recent Hopi Agriculture and Food Symposium because of the energy and momentum it had amongst the community. Still new and fresh in people’s minds, we wanted to continue the rich conversation going. The show also served to share what topics and issues the Hopi community is talking about when it comes to Hopi Food and Agriculture.  It was a great time to get Samantha and Kyle comfortable in being on air as we are to be co-hosts from time to time.  Overall it was a great reintroduction to Hopi Land and we were met with great feedback and praise for the show, along with praise on the kind of work Natwani Coalition is doing in the community.

October 18th - Harvesting for Men & Women
This show was a more traditional Farm Talk, as the content was catered around Hopi agriculture.  We were fortunate to have Community Advisory Board member, Leonard Talaswaima, Hopi Foundation Board of Trustee member, Beatrice Norton, and Natwani Coalition Founder, Andy Lewis on the show (picture on previous page).  The topic was harvesting and what it looked like for Hopi farmers and families.  Leonard spoke on the aspects as a Hopi man and what harvesting a field represents while Beatrice shared on what harvest is like for a Hopi Woman and what receiving and storing the harvest represents.  Andy also spoke on his experience with harvesting for industrial farmers as seen in California and pointed out the big differences ceremonially and culturally between harvesting of industry and Hopi.  Our hope for the show was to help remind and educate our Hopi people of the agriculture activities that are taking place throughout Hopi.  In addition, we also wanted to give the listeners a glimpse to how unique we are as dry farmers and show that Hopi truly puts culture in our AgriCULTURE, and find some honor in that.

November 15th - Meats & Thanksgiving

Our last show was fun to host in that as we were the mindset of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. We examined the foods we all usually eat during this time.  We also took a look at the current industrial food system of meat production and shed light on the process of which it takes from the “farm” aka feeding lot to the grocery store.  We concluded the show reflecting on how most of Hopi will all be participating in Thanksgiving and although it’s not a Hopi holiday we encouraged our community to take the time and try to have a Hopi dish this thanksgiving. We felt it’s important to get our community open to the idea that traditional Hopi foods are healthy and is regarded as medicine by many and should be part of our diets more than just during ceremonial happenings.  We even had an anonymous caller during the show to tell us he was happy of the work Natwani Coalition is doing. The caller also shared with listeners on Farm Talk how as a cancer survivor, he agreed that Hopi foods are medicine and that during his treatment, Hopi foods was the only food he was able to consume without which he probably wouldn’t have survived.  Though it was one more caller than last time, it’s still 1 more call that shows a sign of progress and promise for Hopi Farm Talk.