Event celebrates Hopi culture , past and present
Jul 11, 2008
Republic, The (Phoenix, AZ)
- July 11, 2008
Gad, The Arizona Republic
The new Arizona
quarter depicts the Grand Canyon, the state's most famous landmark.
But Arizona's historical treasures aren't limited to natural phenomena such as
canyons and petrified forests. The state also has a rich human history.
This weekend, visitors to Homolovi Ruins State Park, near Winslow, can
experience Suvoyuki Day, a celebration of the preservation of the ruins and of
, art and traditions.
"Suvoyuki" translates as "accomplishment through a joint effort." The Arizona
Archaeological Society, Arizona State Parks and the Hopi people are the partners
keeping Homolovi's history alive.
The event kicks off today with a lecture about the Hopi communities and the
villages the people created at Homolovi. The speaker is E. Charles Adams,
professor of archaeology at the Arizona State Museum in Tucson.
Saturday begins with a traditional sunrise run on either a 6.6- or 3.8-mile
course of historical foot trails.
"Running is a big part of our
culture ," said
Susan Secakuku, manager of the
Homolovi Park Project.
As in traditional Hopi foot races, no prizes will be awarded. Secakuku said Hopi
races are not about running for the best time, but for the positive energy of
bringing a better life to everyone in the community.
"It's a philosophical and spiritual view of running," Secakuku said.
If you don't want to run, you can cheer on those who do while munching on
tuupevu, sweet corn roasted overnight in a pit by Hopi elder Justin Setalla.
Richard Lange, a research specialist at the University of Arizona, will lead two
tours of the park's ruins.
"You'll get a full dose of everything we've learned over the last 20-plus
years," Lange said.
The ruins comprise seven major ancestral pueblos. The largest, Homolovi II, has
more than 1,200 rooms and is several stories tall.
Lange said the ruins were abused by illegal diggers and vandals until Homolovi
was designated an Arizona state park in 1986. Suvoyuki Day celebrates that
spirit of conservation.
Visitors also can check out demonstrations of five types of Hopi art: kachina
carving, silversmithing, weaving, basket making and pottery. Other features
include vendors of traditional food, Hopi social dances, educational tours and
an archaeology display.
On Sunday, the event moves to Sipaulovi, a Hopi village on a mesa north of the
Participants will follow the same migration route as the Homolovi people, and
then listen to "Our Story," an oral history of Sipaulovi and the Hopi nation.
The large clan at Sipaulovi has a direct connection to Homolovi, and they want
an opportunity to tell that story, Secakuku said.
There also will be a sunrise run, food vendors, lectures and art booths, where
visitors can purchase items. Secakuku said that the Sipaulovi event is a great
chance to meet Hopi artisans.
What: Hopi culture
festival. Fun run, local artists, traditional food and tours of the ruins at
Homolovi Ruins State Park.
When: 7 p.m. today; 5 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Friday and Saturday at Homolovi Ruins State Park, Sunday at Sipaulovi
Village on the Hopi Reservation. Homolovi is about 205 miles from central
Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff, Interstate 40 east to Exit 257
at Winslow and Arizona 87 north for 1.3 miles to the park's signed entrance. On
Saturday, park at the northeastern corner of I-40 and Arizona 87, and ride a
shuttle to the park. Sipaulovi is about 60 miles north of Homolovi on Arizona
87, at the junction of Arizona 264 and Arizona 87. Follow signs to the parking
Admission: Most events are free. Registration for the Saturday run is $10; the
Sunday run is $15.
Lodging: The campground at Homolovi has 52 campsites, restrooms, showers, picnic
tables and grills. All sites have water and electric hookups. $19 per night for
a site with hookups, $12 per night without. There are hotels in Winslow (3 miles
from Homolovi), Holbrook (31 miles) and Flagstaff (63 miles).
Details: 928-289-4106 or
Section: Explore Arizona
Record Number: pho106862389