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Let’s make kutuki. Ali! Six Hopi women and girls gathered together on June 17, 2017 to share the art of making kutuki while also learning more conversational Hopi. Kutuki is parched corn. Pisa (fine sand) is heated and the humita (corn kernels) are popped in the hot sand while stirring rapidly over a hot flame. Once the humita has popped, it is sifted through a basket to remove the sand. Hopi men make the stirring sticks for the women. The sticks are made from the very hard wood of the greasewood bush. Roanna Kagenveama shared her knowledge of the process and Anita Poleahla hosted the gathering at her house. Askwali! The ladies ate somiviki for lunch. Kwangwa! Yummy! Through the generous support of the Food Farm Communications Fund, Mesa Media was able to sponsor this event to bring together the generations. Everyone practiced speaking in Hopi. Oral transmission of Hopi food traditions perpetuates the age-old practice maintained by Hopi people for centuries. Askwali to all who participated, hosted, shared and documented. All photos by Peter Bungart.

Practice some Hopilavayi with these phrases that match the photos.

Wuuti ang taynuma. The woman is looking around.

Kutuklawu. Making parched corn.

Kutukit angqw ipwanta. Taking the parched corn out.

Kutuki tusayat angqw iniwta. Parched corn in a sifter basket.

Pisa muki’iwma, kutuksivut angqw. Fine sand getting hot, inside the pot.

Humita. Corn kernels.

Maana kutuklawu. The girl is making parched corn

Wuuti kutuklawu. The woman is making parched corn.

Noonova or nonva (Walap lavayi). Eating. Hatikot, somivikit, nit wiikwivi (Walap lavayi) /wilqaviki (Songoopap lavayi)/wiviqaviki (Orayep lavayi). Lima beans, somiviki, and fry bread.

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Mesa Media in the News

2016

New children’s books from Salina Bookshelf focus on Hopi corn and toys

February 23, 2016, Navajo-Hopi Observer article

2013

Hopi language class March 11 at Hopi Veterans Memorial Center,

February 19, 2013 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopi language workshop draws more than 60 youth
April 9, 2013 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Mesa Media hosts Hopi Language Workshop June 18
May 21, 2013 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Mesa Media Hosts Workshop to Sustain Hopi Lavayi
July 2, 2013 Hopi Tutuveni article

Keeping the Hopi language alive
October 22, 2013 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

2012

Mesa Media, Inc. participates in 2012 Hopi Show in Flagstaff,
June 19, 2012 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Mesa Media, Inc. is awarded a grant from the Confluence Fund, December 11, 2012 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

2011

Mesa Media participates in the Natwani Agricultural Expo,
February 1, 2011 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Revisions to Hopi education law to improve goals,
April 5, 2011 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopilavayi Unihóoyam travels to nation’s capitol,
April 19, 2011 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Miss Hopi Johnetta Honie says take the Hopi language “with you wherever you go,” May 31, 2011 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopi Footprints involves youth in learning Hopi language,
June 6, 2011, KNAU podcast

Anita Poleahla shares the importance of Hopi language at the Hopi Heritage Show, June 21, 2011 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

2010

Ferrell Secakuku and Anita Poleahla awarded Best Traditional Artist at the KUYI Listener Choice Awards Ceremony, March 23, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Preserving the Hopi language through the performing arts
June 29, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Traditional Hopi foods crucial in Hopi life,
July 27, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopi Day School ‘a model school’ for Hopi language,
August 3, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopi Board of Education discusses language program,
August 3, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

Hopis continue to discuss language preservation,
November 20, 2010 Navajo-Hopi Observer article

2009

I’ll know what they are saying, June 10, 2009, Albuquerque Journal article

2008

Conference talks up Native American languages,
April 4, 2008 Arizona Daily Sun article

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Hopi Language Workshop for Youth

Itam it natwanit pu piw nöösiwqat yu’a’a’totani.

Mesa Media sponsored a FREE Hopi language workshop for Hopi students on March 11, 2013. The event was held at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center from 10am-3pm. Over 100 people attended to join in this day of learning to practice speaking the Hopi language. Arvis Myron introduced basic Hopi sentences in the context of Hopi crops. Lendrick Lomayestewa showcased different types of corn and had a learning activity for participants to complete. Clara Dallas took participants through the steps of making somiviki, blue corn tamales. Joannie Takala read a story about Huhuwa and his new plants. Leigh Kuwanwisiwma shared many Hopi seed varieties. Bonnie Secakuku spoke about corn and native foods.  KUYI aired the event live. Everyone enjoyed engaging in hands-on activities.

The event was funded in part from a grant from the Christensen Fund. Askwali for your support in bringing Hopi language opportunities to the community.

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Ten Hopi women and girls gathered together on June 24, 2017 to share the art of making sakwasiwviqaviki and to practice Hopilavayi. This Hopi food is a blue corn onion tortilla that is often served with beans. Kwangwa! Yummy! The ingredients are blue corn flour, baking powder, milk, eggs and chopped onion. Joannie Takala shared her recipe and Loretta Goldtooth hosted the gathering at her house. Askwali!The ladies shared lunch and talked in Hopi the whole day. Uni! Through the generous support of the Food Farm Communications Fund, Mesa Media was able to sponsor this event to bring together the generations.  Oral transmission of Hopi food traditions perpetuates the age-old practice maintained by Hopi people for centuries. Askwali to all who participated, hosted, shared and documented. All photos by Peter Bungart.

 

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2017 Hopi Pottery Festival

Featuring the Potters of First Mesa

  1. The Social Life of Hopi Pottery: elder Hopi potters shared their knowledge.
  2. Tracing Hopi History through Pottery: by the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office
  3. Living Hopi Language through Pottery activities by Mesa Media.

                                                         Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hopi Veterans’ Memorial Center – Wellness Center
Kykotsmovi, AZ

 

This festival was funded in part by Mesa Media, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies, the Smithsonian Institution’s Recovering Voices and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hopi artisans are sharing the mysteries of their culture at the 70th Hopi Marketplace at the Museum of Northern Arizona this weekend.

The oldest Hopi art show in the world will feature traditional music, dancing, food and art, but youll also find modern Hopi life, including a special appearance by Casper Lomayesva, a Hopi/Dine reggae recording artist performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Orpheum Theatre, 15 W. Aspen. Tickets are $10. Lomayesva will be at the Museum signing his new CD on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, theres a Creative Corner for decorating cookies with Hopi petal patterns from 14 p.m. in the Branigar Courtyard.

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