The Hopi Pottery Oral History Project (HPOHP) brings together community, tribal and institutional resources with researchers to explore and engage with the social values of Hopi pottery. The core team members of the project are Hopi potters Karen Charley and Valerie Kahe, Lea McChesney (Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico), Gwyneira Isaac (Recovering Voices, Smithsonian Institution), and Leigh Kuwanwisiwma and Stewart Koyiyumtewa (HCPO). With this project, we are striving to make Smithsonian collections at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) available to the Hopi community and part of the intergenerational transmission of knowledge.


Festival - April 29, 2017


10:00am – 4:00pm

Hopi Veterans Memorial Center

Master of Ceremony – Leroy Shingoitewa

Welcome –  Leigh Kuwanwisiwma

“Tracing Hopi History through Pottery”

    Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Stewart Koyiyumptewa,

    Dr. Wes Bernardini, Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin

  Lunch Break

  “The Social Life of Hopi Pottery”

  Karen Charley [Hopi Potters TBD]

  “Collaboration and Museum Partnerships”

  Dr. Gwyn Isaac, Dr. Lea McChesney, Karen Charley

  All day – Mesa Media Activities Booth

  All day – Recovering Voices Activities Booth






Recovering Voices Program
Department of Anthropology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution MRC 112
PO Box 37012
Washington, DC