Tuesday, June 18, 2024 – A brief but meaningful viewing of Hopi artwork

More than 30 pieces of century-old Hopi pottery, baskets, and other items are making a return visit to the Hopi community, making them available to the descendants of the artists for the first time. The project is called Tuma Angwu Owya. The pieces were originally acquired by a wealthy Massachusetts family who visited the Hopi reservation during cross-country trip in the late 1920s. They forged a lasting relationship with some Hopi community members. Their collection is now housed at Wesleyan University, which is helping facilitate this unique return to their place of origin for a weekend. We’ll talk with the event organizers about bringing these works back to the Hopi reservation.


Patty Talahongva (Hopi), journalist and community curator

Donna Humetewa Kaye (Hopi), facilitator for Hopitutuqaiki

Dr. Maurice Franklin (Muscogee [Creek] Nation, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Freedmen descendent), lecturer and consultant on organizational sustainability and development strategies; professor at California State University, Northridge; and a founding member of the National Black Justice Coalition

Lea McChesney, curator of ethnology at Maxwell Museum of Anthropology