This week Victor Masayesva, Jr., from Hotevilla spent time at the University of Illinois. He is in the process of making a hemispheric film on indigenous corn. On Wednesday I went with Masayesva and my colleagues in American Indian Studies Robert Warrior and John McKinn to look at a university field (see below) that we are using for the film. In the photo above, Masayesva is talking to me about where to place different varieties of corn, including Hopi and “modern” corn, which will be planted in the plot. Planting will begin soon. Masayesva’s visit also coincided with a workshop on campus titled “Corn and Indigenous Communities in the Americas.” I’ll write more about the film as the project unfolds.
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Tags: AIS at Illinois, Hopi, Hopi film, indigenous corn, John McKinn, Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Robert Warrior, Victor Masayesva Jr
Tags: Ed Kabotie, Emory Sekaquaptewa, Hopi, Hopi clowns, Hopi culture, Michael Kabotie, One More Smile for a Hopi Clown
This semester I am teaching a course on Native religious traditions. Last week I assigned Emory Sekaquaptewa’s article “One More Smile for a Hopi Clown.”
After reading this article, one of my students sought additional information on Hopi clowning and discovered the above video on Youtube.
She wrote a really interesting post about it on her class blog.
Tags: Allan Holzman, American Indian art, Beautiful Resistance, Beyond the Mesas, Dan Namingha, Hopi, Hopi art, Hopi artist, Hopi videos, KNME, Native American artists, PBS, Polacca, Seeking Center in Two Worlds
Last night I came across this 26 minute video on Tewa-Hopi artist Dan Namingha from Polacca titled “Seeking Center in Two Worlds.” From what I can tell, the video was produced in August 1992 and it was shown on various PBS affiliated stations. Here is the video summary on the KNME Chanel 5 (Albuquerque, NM) website:
Life is a balance for painted and sculptor Dan Namingha. Balance between the high stakes art world and his American Indian origins; balance between his distinctive abstract painting and sculpting, and his expression of the ideas and concepts of his native religion; and balance between his Hopi and Tewa origins and the dominant Anglo culture. Only thirty-four years old, Namingha uses traditional themes and concepts in his unique modern vision to communicate an essence of something beyond himself, something deeply spiritual and universally direct.
If “Seeking Center in Two Worlds” is of interest to you, then I would suggest seeing Allan Holzman’s film “Beautiful Resistance,” which examines the Indian boarding school experience through contemporary American Indian art, including works by Hopi artist Michael Kabotie. I have written about this film in a previous post. Holzman was also the director and co-executive producer of “Beyond the Mesas.”
Tags: 2011 HEEF Art Sale Supporting Hopi Students, Darrance Chimerica, HEEF, Hopi art, Hopi artists, Hopi education, Hopi Education Endowment Fund, Hopi scholarships, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Iva Honyestwea, Native American art, Native American artists
Join us as we host the “HEEF Art Sale – Supporting Hopi Students”, featuring outstanding pieces of native art including pottery, jewelry, sculptures, paintings, katsina dolls, prints, textiles and baskets.
In conjunction with the sale, the HEEF is conducting a raffle with numerous items available including a “3 Corn Maidens” Pendleton blanket, jewelry, prints, resort packages and more. Tickets are available for $2 per ticket of 3 tickets for $5. To purchase contact the HEEF Office at (928) 734-2275.
The HEEF is still accepting all forms of artwork and more information on the sale can be found by visiting www.hopieducationfund.org or by contacting the HEEF at 928-734-2275. All proceeds from the event benefit deserving Hopi college students across the U.S. in addition to funding other educational programs for the Hopi people.
The HEEF thanks the following Sponsors for their Support:
Premier Sponsor: Central Arizona Project · Peabody
Major Sponsor: Husk Partners · APS · Osborn Maledon P.A.
Supporter Sponsor: Walker & Armstrong, LLP · Hufford, Horstman, Mongini, Parnell, & Tucker
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Tags: Alexander D. C. Productions, Alexander D. Chapin, Harold S. Colton, Hopi, Hopi carver, Hopi films, Hopi kachina carver, Hopi runner, Hopi runners, Hopi videos, James S. Kewanwytewa, Jimmy Kewanwytewa, MNA, Museum of Northern Arizona, Old Oraibi, Oraibi, Orayvi, Running Spirit, Third Mesa
I came across an interesting YouTube video on running by Hopi video producer Alexander D. Chapin. The video appeared on YouTube in November 2010. I do not know much about Chapin, except that he has produced a number of short videos on-line. A few years ago, Chapin discovered interview tapes of his grandfather James (Jimmy) S. Kewanwytewa and he used a section of the interview on running to make Running Spirit. Kewanwytewa was from Orayvi on Third Mesa. Some people consider him to be the most famous Hopi kachina carver of the twentieth century. In addition to carving, he spent several years working with zoologist Harold S. Colton, co-founder of the Museum of Northern Arizona, to identify a large collection of kachina dolls. Below is the YouTube commentary that goes with the video:
I recently (2009) obtained an audio recording of my Great Grandfather Jimmy Kewanwytewa. In this recording I chose one of the stories he told and composed music to it.
My Great Grandfather was Hopi Indian and was known for being a talented distance runner. So in this story he tells about a time when he was headed home from work and saw someone running ahead of him, so he thought he would go an catch up with that person on his way home.
But the entire way to the Oraibi village, as talented as a runner that my great grandfather was said to be, he could not catch up with that person. Afterwards he told his father what happened and his father laughed at him and told him the same thing happen to him one time, and that he was never going to catch that person because that person was a spirit.
I created this video for the song in a rush so I could share this song with everyone but hope to produce a better video in the future.
Watch & listen or just listen & enjoy my most accomplished musical composition to date.
Shot & Edited by Alexander D. Chapin
Alexander D. C. Productions
Tags: Christmas tree ornament, Earlene Dalasohya, Hopi, Hopi art, Hopi artist, Hopi Christmas, Hopi ornament
Tags: American Indian photography, American Indian Studies, American Indian Studies Program, film studies, Films, Hopi, Hopi culture, Hopi films, Hopi photography, Hopi studies, Hotevilla, indigenous films, indigenous studies, Native American films, Native American Studies, Native artists, Native photography, photography, Princeton alumni, University of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Victor Masayesva Jr
On September 9, 2010, Victor Masayesva, Jr. from the village of Hotevilla screened a short film and gave a presentation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Masayesva’s visit was part of a university sponsored initiative titled “Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Western Hemisphere: National & Regional Struggles for Power, Identity and Space.” The American Indian Studies Program organized the event.
Masayesva is known throughout the world as an accomplished Hopi photographer and filmmaker. Some of his award winning films include Hopiit, Itam Hakim Hopiit, Ritual Clowns, Imagining Indians, and one of my favorites, Paatuwaqatsi: Water, Land & Life, a film on Hopi running, the sacredness of water, and Hopi relationship with the indigenous people of Mexico.
In addition to directing films, Masayesva has published a book titled Husk of Time: The Photographs of Victor Masayesva with the University of Arizona Press.
To learn more about Masayesva and his work, please visit the following website: http://www.nativenetworks.si.edu/eng/rose/masayesva_v.htm
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert