Autry Museum of the American West

Hopi Farming in Harmony

A Program of the KATSINA IN HOPI LIFE Exhibition


Date / Time:

Saturday, Feb 23, 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.


The Autry in Griffith Park

The cycle of planting is fulfilled during certain months, but the Hopi have year-round teachings that are directly connected to their fields and crops. Representatives from the Natwani Coalition will be here to show how music and songs are used in traditional farming practices at any given season.

Natwani literally translates as “produce” or “vegetables,” but more significantly, it refers to the process and rituals necessary for the rejuvenation of all life. As part of their work, the Natwani Coalition has developed a diagram of the traditional farming calendar, combining the ceremonies with the seasons as a teaching tool for Hopi youth. They will discuss the creation of this calendar during the program, which also includes multimedia presentations and a live demonstration of Hopi musical instruments.


Come back!

On March 3 at 1 p.m., and on every first Sunday of the month, American Indian Culture Family Day celebrates American Indian culture with special docent-led family tours, live American Indian music, and a special American Indian cultural presentation from John Bradley (Comanche/Cherokee), a nationally recognized expert in basketry and traditional arts.

The Natwani Coalition

The Natwani Coalition is a loose affiliation of Hopi organizations and individuals dedicated to developing innovative, sustainable strategies to address diet-related health issues, preserve Hopi farming traditions, and restore the local food system. This is the second visit from the Coalition as part of a series of programs to support and expand upon the exhibition Katsina in Hopi Life.


Historical photo (Photo courtesy Natwani Coalition)

Musical instruments used in Hopi farming rituals (Photo courtesy Natwani Coalition)

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