This is a carpool trip limited to 12 individuals.
Join Bertram Tsavadawa, Certified Hopi Guide and artist, for this unique six-hour agricultural and culinary experience in Hopiland.
Farm: Get down and dirty! With Bertram’s guidance, we will accompany him to his ancestral growing field, and learn about the traditional dry farming methods, soil and water management, the varieties of corn, the significance of corn, AND we will help him plant his corn! Since he is Corn Clan, we will be hearing from someone who has this information embedded deep into his being.
Table: After the planting, we will gather together to join Bertram’s relatives for a traditional Hopi communal meal. This may include mutton or beef stew (vegetarian stew is available), hominy with beans, Hopi peas, grilled chilies, and the extraordinary (and gluten-free) piki bread. We will learn about the preparation, the use, and the meaning of these foods. If time allows, we may witness a demonstration of piki bread preparation.
The planting, the farming, the food and its sharing, all continue to keep this ancient Hopi culture, traditions and people alive. There is much we have to learn here.
Revenue generated by this trip will go to the Center's own Garden Fund.
We will meet in front of the Hopi restaurant on Second Mesa at 9 AM. We will leave PROMPTLY at 9:30, so we strongly suggest staying in a local motel the night before. Here are three recommendations:
Motel at the Hopi Cultural Center, on Second Mesa. A discount is available if you mention you are with a VVAC Group.
Moenkopi Legacy Inn situated at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the community of Tuba City.
La Posada Hotel in Winslow.