Homolovi State Park celebrates Suvoyuki Day with dancers, traditional food and tours

Dustin Kee leads the Perry Sehongya Dancers at Homolovi State Park during Suvoyuki Day Aug. 3. Todd Roth/NHO

Dustin Kee leads the Perry Sehongya Dancers at Homolovi State Park during Suvoyuki Day Aug. 3. Todd Roth/NHO

"Suvoyuki" translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through a "joint effort." Homolovi State Park celebrated Suvoyuki Day with an open house Aug. 3.

The event celebrated the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction.

Activities throughout the day included archaeological site tours, artist demonstrations and performances from the Homolovi Dancers. A corn roasting pit opened at 8 a.m.

This year, Suvoyuki Day was one of the closing events for the Smithsonian's Journey Series traveling exhibition. The Old Trails Museum played host to the exhibit at La Posada Hotel from June 22 through August 4. The exhibition showed how evolving mobility changed a young nation and how transportation helped grow the United States. The accounts of travelers express the hopes and promises of fresh starts, the grim realities of forced migrations and difficult journeys and the thrills of personal travel.

Homolovi, one of a series of many ancient Hopi pueblos found in the southwest, offers the public the opportunity to begin their journey into Hopi life and culture. Like the modern visitor making their way to Hopi, Homolovi was a stop for the ancestral Hopi people along their migration route, eventually moving on and settling at one of the current Hopi villages.

More information about Homolovi State Park is available at (928) 289-4106. Homolovi State Park is located five miles northeast of Winslow in northeastern Arizona.

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