The Hopi People maintain traditional homelands on and around three mesas in north central Arizona. From the advent of photography, the Hopi have expressed varying degrees of consent and refusal to being subjects of photographers. The films in this collection were made with the knowledge of the Hopi people in the mid-20th century, but do not speak for or represent all of the peoples, clans, and societies in Hopi life. The new narrations address the complex issues of image sovereignty and agency, as well as ways of life, belief, and artistic expression.
Hopi/Hopílavayi dictionary words were intially drawn from the following sources:
Hopi Dictionary/Hopiikwa Lavaytutuveni : a Hopi-English Dictionary of the Third Mesa Dialect with an English-Hopi Finder List and a Sketch of Hopi Grammar. Contributed by Melissa Dollman, a non-Hopi speaker. Needs review. We very much welcome community vetting of these vocabulary words, and recommendations for additional resources.