In 2004, fluent Hopi speakers Anita Poleahla and Ferrell Secakuku founded Mesa Media to address the urgent need to help Hopi people learn their language. Ms. Poleahla and Mr. Secakuku invited two community advocates to join Mesa Media’s Board of Directors in 2004, which now meets quarterly. In 2005, pro-bono attorney Tyson Winarski helped Mesa Media obtain 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Since obtaining tax-exempt status, Mesa Media has secured six grants to purchase recording equipment and develop programs to teach the Hopi language. This funding also enables us to produce and distribute bilingual CDs, DVDs and books for a diverse audience of Hopi and non-Hopi people throughout the U.S. With each new book, CD and DVD, Mesa Media gains support from the Hopi community, as many Hopi people are witnessing how Mesa Media materials empower adults and youth learn to speak Hopi. These are the folks we serve.
After many years of work, Mesa Media has gained widespread recognition from the community. Hopi language teacher and Mesa Media President Anita Poleahla cannot fulfill all of the requests that come from the Hopi community. Nearly every Hopi program incorporates a language component, whether the focus is to reintroduce farming methods, assist youth and elders or protect natural resources. Mesa Media donates CDs, DVDs and books to help these organizations with their goals to incorporate Hopi language. However, we now seek to serve a larger audience by training fluent Hopi speakers to utilize already-developed learning materials so they can sponsor their own language classes and programs. Mesa Media believes that empowering dedicated people within the Hopi community is the best way to keep this vibrant culture and language alive.
The first recordings by Anita Poleahla and Ferrell Secakuku in 2003.
Mesa Media's programmatic focus is to produce culturally relevant learning materials that teach the Hopi language. We are a small organization and our programs are dependent on project-based grants.
Our Focus is to Produce Culturally Relevant Learning Materials that Teach the Hopi Language