Hopi Natwani for Youth Project

The Hopi Natwani for Youth Project (HNYP) is a culturally appropriate, agricultural curriculum based on Hopi food and Hopi farming knowledge and practices.

Cultivating Agricultural Knowledge

(Morgan Saufkie,

Soongopavi HNYP cultural advisor)

Pilot Program 
First Mesa Elementary School (FMES)

(Samantha Honani, NC Program Manager

Leonard Talaswaima, Sipaulovi HNYP cultural advisor

Gene Kuwankwaftewa, Soongopavi HNYP cultural advisor

The Hopi Natwani for Youth Project (HNYP) curriculum was developed through the collaborative efforts and contributions of various Hopi village members, community cultural advisors, educators, The Hopi Foundation, and the Natwani Coalition staff. 


As threaded throughout the opening contexts, the goals of the HNYP emerge from not only the voices of the Hopi elders and community but the youth as well.  It is in honor of these cross-generational voices, concerns, and interests that this curriculum is developed.  


The beauty of this process is that it involves the unity of stakeholders- including you, Hopi & Tewa community members- who understand the deeper meanings behind the importance of sustaining a way of life.  


A Hopi Heirloom Seed)


A Look Into the 

Hopi Natwani for Youth Project


HNYP is structured around the 12 Hopi lunar cycles that 

Hopi observe, and it contains 4 lessons for every cycle


Tömö - Winter Lesson Unit:

Kyaamuya (December)

Paamuya (january)

Powamuya (February)


Tamöngnawit - Spring Lesson Unit:

Ösömuya (March) 

Kwiyamuya (April)

Hatikonmuya (May)

Tal'ang - Summer Lesson Unit

Wuko’uyismuyaw (June)

Tala’powamuya (July)

Tala’paamuyaw (August)


Tohos'os - Fall Lesson Unit

Nasanmuya (September)

Toho’osmuyaw (October)

Kyelmuyaw (November)



Age and Grade Level


The lessons and activities can be modified to any age or grade level.

The lessons will need to accomodate use and knowledge of the learner.

The Natwani Coalition, a project of The Hopi Foundation and First Mesa Elementary School combined in partnership and piloted the first Hopi Natwani for Youth Project.  A request for the curricululm to be implemented at First Mesa Elementary School was fulfilled Monay July 29th, 2013 when Natwani Coalition, Community Advisory Board Members, and Executive Director Monica Nuvamsa, presented 15 curriculum books to the staff and faculty of First Mesa Elementary School.  


The partnership between the Natwani Coalition and First Mesa Elementary School was integral during this past pilot academic year for HNYP.  It allowed the Natwani Coalition to learn from the teachers and staff as to what works within the curriculum, what may need improvement, and what the support staff may need to implememt within the lessons for better teachings.  It also helped strengthen the content and curriculum so that it will be stronger when it comes time to implement the curriculum within all Hopi schools and community programs.  


Askwali! Kwa'kwai! Kona'aa! Thank You!

FMES for the success in this years program!







The Hopi Agricultural Cycle served as the foundation to the HNYP curriculum handbook. This calendar tool was developed alongside Hopi cultural and clan advisors to reflect the knowledge of the cyclical farming traditions of the Hopi people. 







Media tools included culturally appropriate PowerPoint presentations and videos by Kyle Knox, NC Program Associate/Media Consultant, that featured live interviews with Hopi farmers, seed savers and food preparers.











Visual teaching tools included posters and activity sheets.


The media tools were supplemental to the lessons and were used to compliment a local community member or were used if one is not available. The videos and presentations included captured the lesson topic and were intended to provide dialogue amongst the classroom or group. 


We would like to acknowledge everyone who helped in making this happen for our people.

Askwali! Kona'aa! Kwa'kwai!























The Hopi Natwani for Youth Project and implementation could not have been possible without the support and funding from:


- The Hopi Foundation

- The Christensen Fund

- The Arizona Humanities Council

- Generous Contributions from our Donors


A heartfelt thank you to each and every individual who had a part in the development of the curriculum,
your dedication to strengthen Hopi farming in our youth is 



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