MOENKOPI, AZ "I am proud to announce a reservation wide
campaign to encourage the use and teaching of the Hopi language,"
said Jeremey King, Facilitator of the Moenkopi Developers Corporations
"Changing Views" Language Enhancement Project. "The Project comprises
of Community enthusiasts concerned about the current issues surrounding
the loss of the Hopi language and Cultural teachings."
According to King, the conditions of the local Hopi communities,
society and the environment, are worse than before and have all
contributed to language loss and and culture.
During the month of January, 2016 the Colorado Plateau Foundation
awarded the Moenkopi Developers Corporation a Grant Award to begin
working with Hopi community members to enhance and encourage use
of the Hopi Language.
Meetings were held with local Elders, community members, businesses,
and families to inform and encourage participation in the year long
language enhancement Project.
The title "Changing Views," was chosen in hopes that views on
the importance of language and language loss would be re-evaluated
and, hopefully prioritized, to help make this project a success.
The Project continues to be successful, and participants are
seeking financial support to help sustain the Project.
Weekly sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-4pm in
the TsotsVahl-Ki at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn. Sessions are open to
anyone wanting to gain more information about the Project.
Children, adults, and Elders of the Hopi Tribe are the future
of the Hopi Religion and considered to be the greatest working assets
within the Hopi Communities. All possess great wealth in culture,
tradition and ceremonial beliefs.
"The Elders of our Hopi community will not only be recognized
for their cultural knowledge and wealth of knowledge, but also the
extent of historical information they possess," said King. "We appreciate
and encourage your presence, your participation, and contributions
of historical information to this Project."
Financial contribution to this Project will go towards promoting
a successful and healthier life, provide a clearer understanding
of the culture and most importantly, help revitalize, teach and
sustain the Hopi language.
Please, "Let the language be your guide and guide your language
to preserve the Hopi people and their religion," said King. "Your
support and participation to teach and learn the Hopi Language is
appreciated. The Hopi Language is the pillar of Hopi culture."
For more infornmation King may be contacted at 928-660-3542,
Monday-Friday, 11am - 5pm or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.