Special Collections & Archives
Hopi History Curriculum
In 2004, the NAU Cline Library and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office launched a project to develop a Hopi history curriculum to be used in K-12 schools on the Hopi Reservation and surrounding communities. The lesson plans presented as part of this site are drawn from information found in the archival collections and published sources held by Cline Library and the Hopi Tribe.
Much has been written about Hopi culture and religious practices; less attention has been paid to historical events, such as the formation of Hopi tribal government, the experiences of boarding school and day school students, the protection of sacred places, and the contemporary achievements of Hopi individuals and their villages. These lesson plans offer the Hopi perspective on tribal history. Students will benefit from first-hand knowledge of the people's past.
As part of this partnership project, Library staff digitized a large body of non-esoteric archival material in support of public 24/7 access on the World Wide Web. The materials can be explored through the Colorado Plateau Digital Archives.
The lessons plans were crafted by Ms. Chellammal Vaidyanathan and Ms. Sheila Lamb.