Hopi Natwani for Youth Project

 The Hopi Natwani for Youth Project (HNYP) is a culturally appropriate, agricultural
curriculum based on Hopi food and farming knowledge and practices.

Cultivating Agricultural Knowledge

The HNYP curriculum was developed by a team that consisted of various Hopi village members, community cultural advisors, educators, Hopi Foundation and Natwani Coalition staff. With the aid of these various cultural advisors and partners it helped to shape the curriculum concepts and content of each lesson.

 Morgan Saufkie, Soongopavi HNYP Cultural Advisor.

As threaded throughout the opening contexts, the goals of the HNYP emerge from not only the voices of the Hopi elders and community but the youth as well. It is in honor of these cross-generational voices, concerns, and interests that this curriculum is developed. The beauty of this process is that it involves the unity of stakeholders—including you, Hopi & Tewa community members—who understand the deeper meanings behind the importance of sustaining a way of life.

Importantly, the curriculum is grounded in a philosophy that is determined by the Hopi values and knowledge systems; therefore such a curriculum is not simply about transferring knowledge on “how to farm” to the younger generation—it is a living process that contributes to a quality of life (physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellness). The curriculum involves an understanding of the origins of our existence and how we are held accountable to the past, present and future through the very process of farming.

-"Letter to the Educator", Jeremy Garcia, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwakee, Hopi, First Mesa

Hopi Natwani for Youth was piloted at First Mesa Elementary School during the 2013-14 school year.

Program Manager Samantha Antone, Leonard Talaswaima (Sipaulovi HNYP Cultural Advisor), and Gene Kuwankwaftewa (Soongopavi HNYP Cultural Advisor) present the curriculum and Hopi Agricultural Cycle teaching tool to FMES staff.

Natwani Coalition, a project of The Hopi Foundation, and First Mesa Elementary School (FMES) announced a partnership to pilot the Hopi Natwani for Youth Project. A request for the curriculum to be implemented at FMES was fulfilled Monday July 29, 2013 when Natwani Coalition, Community Advisory Board Members and Executive Director Monica Nuvamsa, presented 15 curriculum books to the staff and faculty of First Mesa Elementary School.

The partnership between Natwani Coalition and FMES was integral during the pilot year as Natwani received feedback from the teachers and staff on what works, what needs improvement, and what support is needed to implement the lessons. Their feedback will also strengthen the curriculum content when it is time to implement in all Hopi schools and community programs.

A look into the
Hopi Natwani for Youth Project

HNYP is structured around the 12 Hopi lunar cycles that Hopi observes and has 4 lessons for every cycle.

Tömö - Winter Lesson Unit:  Kyaamuya (December), Paamuya (January), Powamuya (February)
Tamöngnawit Spring Lesson Unit:  Ösömuya (March), Kwiyamuya (April), Hatikonmuya (May)

Tal’ang Summer Lesson Unit:  Wuko’uyismuyaw (June), Tala’powamuya (July), Tala’paamuyaw (August)

Tohos’os Fall Lesson Unit:  Nasanmuya (September), Toho’osmuyaw (October), Kyelmuyaw (November)

Age and Grade Level

The lessons and activities can be modified to any age or grade level. Lessons will need to accommodate use and knowledge of learner.