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.

Recent DH Items
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Hopi Community
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Needs Review by Hopi Community
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Sponsored and Educational Films
Summary
The daily life of the Hopi Indian. More description forthcoming.
Community
Hopi Community
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Needs Review by Navajo/Diné Community, Needs Review by Hopi Community
Category
Educational Film Strip
Summary
Educational film strip for children about a young widower, Talayesva, from Oraibi (Third Mesa) who follows his recently deceased wife, Moki, to the land of the afterlife: Moska.
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Hopi Community
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Needs Review by Hopi Community
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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
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Needs Review by 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/Pan-Indian Community, Navajo/Diné Community, Hopi Community, Apache/Ndee Community, Pueblo/Puebloan Community
Collections
Needs Review by Navajo/Diné Community, Needs Review by Hopi Community, Needs Review by Pueblo/Puebloan Community, Needs Review by Apache/Inde 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.