Serving the Hopi & Tewa community since 2004,
The Natwani Coalition (Natwanit Tu'sawyungqam)
works to reaffirm and preserve traditional farming practices to create a healthy lifestyle in developing sustainable strategies that promote wellness
We at the Natwani Coalition continue to support the farming and agricultural traditions of the Hopi and Tewa people. We do not sell seeds and are not a seed bank. Seed keeping is a continued practice within families. Protecting our Hopi Heirloom Seeds is an essential part of Hopi tradition. Hopi Heirloom seeds have helped sustain the Hopi people for generations. The corn that fed our elders will continue to provide for us and our children. It is what will sustain us through our farming practices, our traditions, our culture, our ceremonies, our way of life, and our future.
"Of all the farmers in the Southwest, the Hopi, the westernmost Pueblo Indians, were the best dryland farmers. Corn was (and continues to be) their most important crop. Although they did not know about cross-pollination, the women were skilled at seed selection, and they did not choose kernels from an ear they believed to be a mixture of two varieties. Consequently Hopi corn has remained pure."