Tag: Hopi Reservation

Village of Hotevilla

On Saturday evening, the Solutions team arrived at the Village of Hotevilla on the Hopi Reservation.  The Hopi land occupies some 2,439 sq. miles in Arizona and the population is just under 10,000 people.   We were given the opportunity to camp on a Hopi woman’s land which was the headquarters for the Red Feather volunteers.  Set on top of the Mesa, the site included Bonnie’s family home, a truck which served as the kitchen, outside picnic tables, a dishwashing station, an outside shower area and porta-potties. As we looked across the Mesa that evening, rain clouds threatened us.  The volunteers from across the country scrambled to pitch their tents . With the arrival of howling winds, rain and hail, we quickly surmised that we were in for an adventurous trip.  Many volunteers chose to sleep in their cars to provide more shelter from the cold nights.  As the week progressed,…

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Jaywalker Solutions men volunteer at Hopi Reservation

“Askwali, askwali ,askwali” the Hopi elder repeated as we worked to plaster her home in traditional Hopi fashion.  Her words of gratitude alone made the Solutions journey to the Hopi reservation rich in its substance.  Add to that recipe Kachina dancers in stunning costumes, schooling in Hopi language and culture, and a palpable reverence for the natural cycle of life born of living in the dry heat of the high Arizona desert. Hopi are a people guarded in their traditions, seeking to preserve rituals which have served them for centuries. We were blessed to get a taste, and in return give a little back through working on projects to preserve traditional Hopi dwellings. What is striking about these people is their ability to adapt to what many “anglos” would consider harsh conditions in wasteland soil. To the Hopi it is a garden, a home, a way of life to be…

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Service work at the Hopi Reservation

This weekend our Solutions men headed out to the Hopi Reservation in Arizona to assist Red Feather and Kii Nat Wan Lalwa (Local Hopi organizations) in their Tsakwantota Natural Plastering Program. Our men will learn about the Hopi people and their life ways, as well as, witnessing a Hopi religious ceremony held within one of the Hopi villages. Then spend the remainder of their time helping in the ancient process of plastering the exterior of traditional adobe Hopi homes, which is essential to the long-term preservation of both historic homes and traditions. Solutions is heavily focused on service work as we believe that giving back is an integral part of the recovery process. Service provides our men with an experience of getting outside themselves and being a force for positive change.  Addiction is a disease of isolation. Service provides a needed connection to others, and the reassurance that life has…

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