Behind the camera at the Oraivi Footrace

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Photographs by Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

For the past five years, Juwan Nuvayokva, an accomplished Hopi long distance runner, has organized the Oraivi 8K Footrace and 2 Mile Fun Run and Walk on the Hopi Reservation. Both races begin and end in the village of Oraivi on Third Mesa.

Last summer I received permission from Nuvayokva to take pictures of the Oraivi Footrace, which was held on August 9, 2009. When I arrived at the venue, I was informed that the person scheduled to photograph the race was unable to attend, and so the organizers designated me as the “official photographer” for the event.

Some of my pictures are posted on the Oraivi Footrace website, including other photos by George Silas and Lavanya Polacca. The above slideshow includes 41 of the nearly 1,800 photographs that I took of the race.

This year’s Oraivi 8K Footrace and 2 Mile Fun Run and Walk will take place on Sunday August 8, 2010. All individuals are encouraged to participate. There will also be a new race called the 1/2 Mile Kids Dash. For more information, please visit the Oraivi Footrace website at http://oraivifootrace.com/1.html

If you are pictured in the slideshow, and you would like a high-resolution copy of the photograph, feel free to contact me and I will send you the picture via email:   sakiestewa@gmail.com

Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert

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8 Responses to “Behind the camera at the Oraivi Footrace”


  1. 1 Phil K April 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for sharing these images.

  2. 2 Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert April 18, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks for your comment, Phil! Glad to hear that you liked the slideshow. WordPress recently added the slideshow feature to their blogs.

  3. 3 Michelle Martin April 21, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Great Job~ Juwan!! You are an inspiration to all Native Runners~ Keep up the great works!!

  4. 4 elma19 April 22, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    The pictures look amazing and the event seems great!

    Thank you for sharing.

  5. 5 Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert April 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    Thanks, Elma! I have a lot more photographs to share. Perhaps I will post another slideshow in the future.

  6. 6 Justin Richland May 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Wonderful slideshow Matthew, and congrats on the book! I can’t wait to pick it up.

    All best,

    Justin


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Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert is enrolled with the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Moencopi in northeastern Arizona. He is an associate professor of American Indian Studies & History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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