Over the years, I have followed and grown to appreciate the work and career of Hopi farmer and academic Michael Kotutwa Johnson. Last year, he gave a very informative presentation (and Q&A) on the “Continuity of Hopi Agriculture” for Native American Rangelands Partnership. The video of this is included above. Dr. Johnson is from the village of Kykotsmovi and received his Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona. He currently serves as Program Officer for the Native American Agricultural Fund. To learn more about Dr. Johnson and his work, click here.
This is a 30 minute presentation by Lilian Hill of Kykotsmovi on the great work that she and others are doing in the Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture program. She talks about Hopi farming, orchard keeping, ecological building, sustainability, and many other topics. Also, be sure to check out her article about the program in the Green Fire Times. Here’s additional information on Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture from the Kleiwerks International website:
Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture is a community group based in Kykotsmovi Village within the Hopi Nation in Arizona. Tutskwa means “the life ways and knowledge of the land,” an important part of mission of Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture: to create opportunities for community members to participate in the continuation of Hopi culture.