This morning Hopi runners Caroline Sekaquaptewa and Steven Ovah will compete in the Boston Marathon! The Elite Women’s Division will begin at 9:32AM (ET), and the Elite Men’s Division will start at 10:00AM (ET). You can follow the marathon live at http://universalsports.com/. This is a big deal for Hopi. It’s not every year that runners from back home have an opportunity to represent our people in this event!
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Tags: Caroline Sekaquaptewa, Hopi, Hopi runners, Hopis and Boston Marathon, Steven Ovah
Tags: Bernice Gachupin, Brian Collier, Dustin Quinn Martin, Hopi, Hopi runners, Lloyd Lee, Peter Nabokov and Indian Running, Steve Gachupin, Wendy Lewis, Wings of America
In June I had a great opportunity to speak at the Wings of America organization’s annual American Indian Running Coaches’ Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Wings of America exists to “enhance the quality of life for American Indian youth” by promoting running and pride in one’s “cultural identity.”
I spoke to a group of nearly 50 Native high school runners, and a number of coaches, including Hopi coach Rick Baker. I don’t often get a chance to speak to such a well-informed audience!
However, the highlight for me was listening to Hopi runner Wendi Lewis from Kykotsmovi, who gave a wonderful talk on running through the “trials and tribulations of life.”
Other presenters included Navajo scholar Lloyd Lee, Anthropologist Peter Nabakov, who once published a remarkable book entitled Indian Running, Jemez Pueblo runner Steve Gachupin, and many others.
Although I was not able to listen to Steve Gachupin’s talk, I have great respect for him as a runner.
Known for winning six consecutive Pikes Peak Marathons in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he is a strong advocate for running among Native youth.
I first learned about Gachupin and his running accomplishments from an excellent article by historian Brian S. Collier entitled “’To Bring Honor to My Village’: Steve Gachupin and the Community of Jemez Running and the Pikes Peak Marathon” (Journal of the West, Fall 2007).
If you are at all interested in running, be sure to read this article (it’s an article that I often cite in my work).
I should also note that the beautiful plate above was given to everyone who presented at the Clinic. It was made by Jemez Pueblo potter Bernice Gachupin, Steve Gachupin’s wife.
Finally, I want to give a special thanks to Wings of America Program Director Dustin Quinn Martin and other organizers for their hard work in making this terrific event possible.
Tags: Armory track and field, Hopi running, indoor running, Native running, Running
This winter I’ve been running on the Armory track at the University of Illinois.
The last time I used a track was in high school. Back then I was quite a bit faster.
Now days I plug along at a 10 minute per mile pace.
I am obviously not out to impress anyone, especially members of the UofI’s men’s or women’s track team who run circles around me during their practice.
But it’s a pace that I’m able to maintain, at least for a while.
There are benefits to running on a track, and there are a lot of things about running on the streets of Champaign that I don’t miss: Traffic, car exhaust, stop lights, curbs, potholes, imbalanced dogs, angry geese, angry people, extreme temperatures, and those darn concrete slabs!
When the weather warms up, I will once again take my place among Champaign’s outdoor runners.
But I doubt this will last for long.
As soon as the temperatures reach into the 90s, and we start experiencing high humidity, it’s back to the track for me!
UPCOMING TALK: “Hopi Runner Harry Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon”, UC Riverside, February 7Published February 4, 2013 Hopi Runners , Hopi scholarship , Sherman Institute Leave a Comment
Tags: 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon, Harry Chaca, Hopi runners, UCR Sherman Institute Symposium
I am scheduled to give a talk entitled “Hopi Runner Harry Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon” this Thursday February 7 at 1:30PM.
My presentation is part of the two-day symposium, “Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience”, which will be held at UC Riverside’s Costo Library.
For more information about the gathering, please visit UC Riverside, Sherman Indian High School Host Symposium
Below is the schedule for the event:
Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience
February 7, 2013: Costo Library (4th Floor Rivera Library)
9 AM: Wlecome by Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc, Moderators
Invocation by Henry Vasquez
9:30-10: David Adams (Cleveland St. University), “What We Don’t Know about the
History of Indian Boarding Schools”
10-10:30: Robert McCoy (Washington St. University), “Building to Assimilate:
Mission Architecture of Sherman Institute”
10:30-11: Diana Bahr (UCLA), “Robert Kennedy and Sherman Institute, A Promise
11-11:30: Leleua Loupe (CSU Fullerton), “A Network of Control: Exploiting
Indigenous Labor in the West”
11:30-12: Kevin Whalen (UCR), “Indian School and Company Town: Sherman
Student-Laborers at Fontana Farms Company, 1907-1930″
1:30-2: Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert (University of Illinois), “Hopi Runner Harry
Chaca and the 1929 Vallejo Pre-Olympic National Marathon”
2-2:30: William O. Medina (Riverside Community College), “Patriotic Indians at
2:30-3: Jason Davis (CSU San Bernardino), “Paradigm Shift: Assimilation to
Preservation at Sherman Indian School”
3-3:30: Kathleen Bartosh (UCLA), “Domesticity and Defense: The Female Experience
at the Sherman Institute, 1930-1960.”
3:30-4: Jean Keller (Palomar College), “Before Sherman Institute: The Perris Indian
Rupert Costo Chair, California Center for Native Nations, Native American Student
Programs, Native American Educational Program of UC Riverside and the Sherman
Indian Museum offer this Symposium as Sponsors.
Sherman Institute: The American Indian Boarding School Experience
February 8, 2013, Sherman Indian High School Auditorium
9-10: Panel 1, Former Students, Staff, and Faculty
10-11: Panel 2, Current Students, Staff, and Faculty
11-12: Panel 3, Sherman Scholars and Historians
12-1: Lunch Break
1-4: Sherman School Museum is Open
2-3: Visit to Sherman School Cemetery
Symposium is sponsored by the Sherman School Museum and Costo Chair, California Center for Native Nations, Native American Educational Program,
and Native American Student Programs of UC Riverside.
Tags: Hopi, Hopi runners, Hopi running, HopiRunners.com, Wendell Sakiestewa, WenSaksDesigns
I have been working hard to develop a new website on Hopi runners: http://www.HopiRunners.com. The website will highlight the long tradition of running among the Hopi people of northeastern Arizona.
Here the public will find material on individual runners, links to photographs and videos, and articles and other sources related to Hopi running.
Every week, several people stumble upon BEYOND THE MESAS in search of information on Hopi runners. It seemed clear to me that an entire website ought to be dedicated to this topic.
I also want to highlight that the logo (above) for HopiRunners.com was designed by Wendell Sakiestewa of WenSaksDesigns. Wendell is Hopi, and he’s also a relative of mine.
The logo represents the continuity of Hopi running by depicting the transition of a traditional Hopi clan runner (far left) to a Hopi runner in modern running attire (far right).
I hope to have the website up and “running” at some point in February.
Tags: Hopi and Wings of America, Hopi High girls cross country, Hopi High Lady Bruins, Hopi runners, Hopi running
Tags: Hopi, Hopi 5K Lunar Run, Hopi Runners Forum, Hopi running
Tags: Hopi, Hopi and 12 News, Hopi High Cross Country Team, Hopi running
Here’s a story that 12 News in Arizona ran earlier this month on the Hopi High School boys cross country team. They recently won their 23rd consecutive State championship, and the Hopi High girls cross country team won their sixth State title.
In the early 1900s, newspaper reporters and their illustrators often gave bizarre reasons why Hopis did so well in running events.
Some said that Hopis excelled in running because they had once been chased by Spanish vaqueros (cowboys), and rather than fighting the Spaniards, the Hopis chose to run away.
Hopis had supposedly done this so many times that they became great runners.
Well, needless to say, I was quite pleased to see that the reporter for 12 News focused her reporting on Hopi culture, and the long tradition of running among our people.
Tags: A Runners Forum For Our Future, Billy Mills, Hopi runners, Moenkopi Developers Corporation
This is going to be an incredible event.
Oglala Lakota Olympian Billy Mills will be the keynote speaker, alongside Tarahumarah runners from Copper Canyon in Mexico. Navajo runner Alvina Begay will also present.
I was asked to present at the forum, but I’m unable to make the trip back home during the first week in January.
Please help spread the word about this gathering of Hopi and other indigenous runners!