KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - According to the first founders of The Hopi Foundation (HF) Dr. Robert Robin, and former Board of Trustees Chair, Doran Dalton, "The Foundation was founded to bridge the gap between the modern and traditional. Projects and enterprises were initiated and by their tangible action demonstrated how Indigenous people - Hopi people, did not have to give up centuries old traditions and practices to deal successfully in a modern world." Twenty-five years later The Hopi Foundation has found it equally important today, as Hopi people continue to practice cultural teachings and traditions, while adapting to today's realities and changes. Creating and maintaining such a balance is viewed by Hopi elders as essential to the survival of Hopi culture and society.
To celebrate, HF is hosting an open house at the foundation office located in Kykotsmovi. Celebrate 11 a.m.-4 pm. on Friday. Refreshments provided along with presentations on all five HF programs. Everyone is welcome.
Hopi society is engaged in mutual self help and assistance that include activities such as building a house, planting a garden, carrying out a religious ceremony, or creating community project that address an area of need. Everyone is traditionally expected to give what they have for the strength of the community. The size of one's household, the yield of a framers crop are the primary indicators of a family's wealth and people are respected for their knowledge, both practical and spiritual.
In honoring this balance, HF promotes active community participation in developing community projects and initiatives that demonstrate local self-sufficiency and self-determination through a culturally relevant and values-based approach.
May 28 marks the 25th anniversary for HF and its community programs, launching a year-long celebration. During the week of May 21, KUYI, Hopi Radio will begin acknowledging its licensee, HF through out this anniversary year as well providing information on 25th anniversary events to come.
For more information please call the Hopi Foundation office at (928) 734-2380.