Archive for December, 2010
Tags: Christmas tree ornament, Earlene Dalasohya, Hopi, Hopi art, Hopi artist, Hopi Christmas, Hopi ornament
Tags: American Indian films, Hopi, Hopi ancestors, Hopi culture, Hopi film, Hopi Footprints of the Ancestors, Hopi history, Hopi migrations, indigenous films, Museum of Northern Arizona. Hopi Youth Return to Mesa Verde, Native films
A few weeks ago I passed along an announcement on my blog about 4 Hopi film screenings at the Museum of Northern Arizona. One of these films was Hopi Youth Return to Mesa Verde. This film examines a group of Hopis who traveled to a Hopi migration settlement called Mesa Verde in Colorado. As you watch the film, take note of the similarities that the youth bring up between Hopi ancestral ways and the practices of today’s Hopi people. Their remarks on the continuity of Hopi culture is an important theme in the film.
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
Tags: American Indian code talkers, bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hopi, Hopi code talkers, Hopi history, Hopi people, Hopi veterans, Hotevilla, Native American code talkers, Navajo-Hopi Observer, Pearl Harbor, Rex Pooyouma, Second World War, Third Mesa, World War II
Today, as we consider the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, I want to take a moment and remember Hopis who served their village communities and the United States in World War II. One of these individuals was Rex Pooyouma from the village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa. During the War, Mr. Pooyouma served in the Native American Code Talker Communications Network. He was one of at least 10 Hopi code talkers who used their language to transmit critical messages that saved the lives of countless people and helped to end the War.
In November 1945, Mr. Pooyouma received an honorable discharge from the military at the rank of Private First Class. He was a decorated soldier and earned several medals, including the American Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and a Bronze Star. In October of this year, Mr. Pooyouma, the last known surviving Hopi code talker, passed away at the age of 93. He will always be remembered as a hero among our people and one who ventured beyond the Hopi mesas to serve his community and nation.
For more information on Mr. Pooyouma’s involvement in World War II and his role as a Hopi code talker, please visit the following website: http://nhonews.com/Main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=12971
Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert
Tags: Arizona Humanities Council, Chaco Canyon, Homolovi, Hopi culture, Hopi elders, Hopi films, Hopi Footprints of the Ancestors, Hopi history, Hopi preservation, Hopi Tribe, Hopi youth, Hopi Youth Return to Chaco Canyon, Hopi Youth Return to Homolovi, Hopi Youth Return to Kawestima, Hopi Youth Return to Mesa Verde, National Endowment for the Humanities, Northern Arizona University, Wolf Gumerman