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EAC’s Discovery Park Campus continues lecture series with “Who are the Hopi?”

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[Click Image to Enlarge] EAC’s Discovery Park Campus presents “Who are the Hopi?” in its anthropology lecture series at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 23. Admission is free. Pictured is the Village of Walpi on the Hopi Reservation. [Contributed photo]

By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—The Eastern Arizona College Discovery Park Campus anthropology lecture series continues with a free, family-oriented, slide lecture entitled “Who are the Hopi?” at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 23, 2008, in the Discovery Park Campus Jupiter Room.

“In our continuing series on Southwest anthropology,” said Dean Harry Swanson, “we will present compelling historical and contemporary information on the amazing culture of the Hopi, or Moqui, people.”

“Most of us are familiar with the Hopi’s famous pottery, basketry, and artistic Kachina dolls,” Swanson continued, “but few of us realize the great depths of their piety and their reverence of strong, personal character. I will love sharing their committed philosophy in this lecture.”

The Hopi, whose belief that corn represents the Hopi way of life and translates into humility, cooperation, respect, and universal Earth stewardship, live primarily on three mesas in northeastern Arizona completely surrounded by the Navajo (Diné) reservation. One village, Old Oraibi, was built over one thousand years ago and is reported to be the oldest continually inhabited place in the United States, a claim also made by the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

For more information about this program or the Discovery Park Campus, contact Swanson at (928) 428-6260.