Webinar: Hopi Food Sovereignty through Farming and Coalitions


Thursday, May 7, 2020

10 am AKDT/ 11 am PDT/ 11 am MST/ 12 pm MDT/ 2 pm EST

In this IFKN hosted webinar, presenters discussed Hopi Food Sovereignty from their own experiences and work. Terri Honani described the work of the Natwani Coalition and how the non-profit's initiatives help to preserve Hopi farming traditions, strengthen the local Hopi food system and develop innovative sustainable strategies to promote wellness through “itam naapyani” or “doing the work ourselves.”  A second presentation by Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson focused on the resiliency of Hopi agriculture and how conservation programs can reinforce American Indian Identity and culture. 

Terri Honani (Hopi and Tewa) is from the Tobacco Clan from the Village of Tewa on the Hopi reservation. She has her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Exercise and Wellness Health Promotions from Arizona State University. Currently, she is the Program Manager for the Natwani Coalition, a project of the Hopi Foundation.  

Michael Kotutwa Johnson (Hopi) is a Research Associate for the Native American Agriculture Fund  (NAAF) and holds a PhD. In Natural Resources from the University of Arizona. He is Hopi farmer who continues agriculture and conservation techniques that predates western science by well over two millennia.