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Hopi Tribe (Kykotsmovi Village, AZ 86039-0123)
Stewart Koyiyumptewa (Project Director: April 2017 to present)

Rehousing the Hopi Tutuveni Collection

The purchase of preservation supplies and staff training to rehouse a collection of 20,000 images (print photographs, slides, and negatives) from the Hopi Tutuveni, the tribe’s newspaper, which began publication in the 1970s and continues to the present.  The images, taken by Hopi photographers, depict daily life on the Hopi reservation, and encompass themes of education and cultural activities, sports, women’s roles, farming and landscape, and tribal politics, among others.  The collection includes photographs of individuals and historic meetings, such as between tribal chairmen and Arizona governors Jane Hull and Bruce Babbitt.  Archival staff from the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University would provide training to the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office staff on preservation topics. 

This grant would support the purchase of archival-quality supplies to rehouse the Hopi Tutuveni photograph collection. This collection of over 20,000 photographs that date from the 1970s to the present is unique in that it documents modern Hopi life from a Hopi viewpoint. The majority of photographs that currently represent the Hopi people at other archival repositories are predominantly taken from the point of view of anthropologists, missionaries, or professional photographers. This important collection was donated from the newspaper to the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO) in 2016, and is in a state of disorganization. This grant would help the HCPO achieve a vital step towards making these images available to the Hopi community and local, national, and international researchers. To accomplish this, the HCPO proposes to work with archivists in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Cline Library, Northern Arizona University.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Native American Studies

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$3,967 (approved)
$3,967 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019