Hopi Dryland Farming: Sustainability through Environmental Knowledge and Adaptive Management

Date and Time: 
Thursday, 17 March, 2016 - 16:30
, Michael Kotutwa - UofA PhD Candidate

Since time immemorial the Hopi people of the southwest have been producing crops (corn, beans, squash) for susistence and ceremonial use despite the arid region they reside in. This presentation will look at some of the time tested Hopi agricultural techniques that have been utilized and have contributed to their survival in the environment they are a part of. Although some of the process have changed over time such as the use of a modified planter the principles of why they plant have remained unchanged. These Hopi dryland farming techniques will be given in a power point presentation further validating Hopi dryland farming as being one of the best uses of traditional ecological knowledge still being utilized in the United States despite outside pressure from a number of western influences.