Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Fri, Sept. 18

H20pi Run Documentary featured in Prescott

PRESCOTT - In a newly-released film, Hopi filmmaker, Victor Masayesva Jr. documents a historic run from the Hopi mesas to Tenochtilan and Teotihuacan - ancestral homeland of the descendants of Moti Senom (First People) as some modern day Hopis call themselves.

In the film, 24 runners, male and female, ranging in age from 12 to 75 years, representing each of 12 Hopi villages, and one lone Navajo, are documented as they carry sacred messages and teachings of water to the Fourth World Water Forum in Mexico City in early 2006.

The film documents interaction with those living along the 2000-mile route. The Run reaffirms Hopi clan origins and ties to the peoples of Central Mexico, and re-establishes collaborative efforts of respect among tribes.

Along the way, runners accepted water samples that are poured into lakes, rivers and springs.

The film records an exceptionally memorable portion of the journey in Espejo de Aqua, a neighborhood in central Mexico City. There, the runners shared and exchanged waters with indigenous peoples and a huge eagle circled above a cheering people.

During the Run the largest recorded drought in Arizona was broken - and attributed to the efforts of the athletes.

The moment the runners crossed into Mexico, the rain and snow started to fall in Arizona. For three (3) days it rained and snowed and the dancers stopped to dance and sing.

The film will be presented to the public by students from the Ecosa Institute this fall. The first event will be held Nov. 15 at the Prescott College Crossroads Center in the lower level of the South Building (in Prescott).

The event will begin at 6 p.m. when an arts and crafts sale and silent auction will be held. During the auction, local performers will entertain.

Following the introductory event Hopi elders will offer a water blessing ceremony followed by the dancers. A gourd of water will then be presented as a gift to the event's sponsors.

The showing of the film will follow these events and a dialogue among the runners and the audience will follow the showing.

Small replicas of water gourds with pictures of crystallized water from an ancient Hopi aquifer will be available for sale along with t-shirts, arts and crafts.

All proceeds from the sale will support Black Mesa Trust "Decade of Water."

Additional sponsors for the screenings are being sought.

For more information contact: Tony Brown, director Ecosa Institute at (928) 541-1002 or by e-mail

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