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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
8 thoughts on “Behind the camera at the Oraivi Footrace”
Thanks for sharing these images.
Thanks for your comment, Phil! Glad to hear that you liked the slideshow. WordPress recently added the slideshow feature to their blogs.
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Great Job~ Juwan!! You are an inspiration to all Native Runners~ Keep up the great works!!
The pictures look amazing and the event seems great!
Thank you for sharing.
Thanks, Elma! I have a lot more photographs to share. Perhaps I will post another slideshow in the future.
Wonderful slideshow Matthew, and congrats on the book! I can’t wait to pick it up.
Thanks, Justin! My book will be out in the Fall. It’s been quite the process….as you can relate! Maybe I will see you at the NAISA conference in Tucson. There are a lot of Hopi related panels/papers this year.