Hopi Community

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.

Community
Hopi Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
A brief summary of Hopi artisans from First, Second, and Third Mesas weaving a sash, dying rabbitbrush, weaving baskets, and making pottery.
Community
Hopi Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
A brief summary of Hopi life on primarily First and Second Mesa, including basket weaving, gathering water, bread baking, ceremonial dances, and some discussion on women's roles.
Community
Intertribal/Mixed Community, Navajo/Diné Community, Hopi Community, Apache/Inde Community, Pueblo/Puebloan Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
*Culturally insensitive content.* Various Native communities perform ceremonial dances and compete in games in festivals at various locations like Tesuque Pueblo. Also features a Wampanoag marriage ceremony.
Community
Hopi Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
A summary of Hopi pottery and Piki bread making, and agricultural and livestock-keeping practices in the Keams Canyon and First Mesa areas of the Hopi reservation. Story follows John Ovayama through various scenarios reflecting Hopi life and customs..
Community
Hopi Community
Category
Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
Overview of Hopi Kachina doll/Katsina making (feat. master craftsman Jimmy Kewanwytewa) and how they are used to teach traditional ways and cultural history to the children. Also includes a Butterfly Dance performance.