August 27, 2023
In the heart of the Hopi Nation, nestled amid the mesas and vibrant landscapes, a time-honored tradition comes to life each year through the vibrant celebration known as the Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival. This revered event, which has not taken place in several years, is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Hopi people and serves as a poignant reminder of the significance of tradition in today’s ever-evolving world. Our staff are happy to report that this year will be one to remember as the Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival will take place on Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the Hopi Veteran’s Memorial in Kykotsmovi, Arizona.
The Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival is a multi-day affair that unites Hopi individuals from various villages, as well as curious visitors from all corners, to partake in a grand exposition of Hopi culture, art, music, and spirituality. The festival not only showcases the artistic prowess of Hopi artisans but also creates a space for the transmission of ancestral knowledge and customs. this event is especially important because it is the brain child of Grover Ovah and has since been carried on by the Honyumptewa Family. Interestingly enough, is one of a few major events that are actually sponsored by Hopi people with any profits being directly captured by the Hopi people.
Central to the festival are the vibrant displays of traditional Hopi arts and crafts. Attendees have the privilege of witnessing masterpieces crafted by skilled artisans, including intricately woven baskets, hand-carved Katsina dolls, and exquisite pottery. Each piece tells a story, capturing the essence of Hopi identity and the wisdom passed down through generations. Moreover, the festival is a great time to witness the world famous Hopi runners who are skilled in cross country running.
The Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival is also a space for community bonding and reflection. Elders share stories of their ancestors, passing on teachings that encapsulate the Hopi way of life. Younger generations listen with rapt attention, absorbing the lessons embedded within these narratives. In an era where cultural heritage can sometimes be overshadowed by modern influences, this festival becomes a sanctuary for reaffirming the importance of identity and legacy.
As the sun sets over the mesas, the festival grounds come alive with traditional songs and dances. The atmosphere is electric, resonating with the energy of unity and the timeless connections between past, present, and future. Visitors and participants become honorary witnesses to a living, breathing culture that has persisted for centuries.
The Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival transcends mere entertainment. It is a reminder that tradition is not stagnant; it evolves while remaining rooted in core values. It showcases the resilience of the Hopi people, who have navigated the complexities of the modern world while holding steadfast to their cultural identity.
In an age of rapid change, the Sumi’nungwa Hopi Festival stands as a beacon of cultural preservation and a testament to the enduring power of tradition. It’s not just a festival; it’s a celebration of the human spirit’s ability to transcend time, bridging the gap between the past and the future, all while dancing to the rhythm of the present. So please encourage your friends and family to make a trip to the Hopi Nation for this once in a lifetime event.
Below are links to Hopi-owned places to stay while visting:
- Home – Muyawki Inn – Sedona
- Hotel – Experience Hopi
- Hopi Cultural Center – Motel & Restaurant | Restaurant & Motel on the Hopi Reservation
More links to Hopi owned websites: