Hopi High School Students to Learn Through ‘Video Game’

Hopi high school students will experience Tutuveni, tribal history, and lost secrets through a 'video game' that allows travel through space and time at a demonstration on June 22. 

Archeologist Wesley Bernardini collaborated with The Redlands Institute of the University of Redlands to develop 3D educational modules in a video game-like presentation that is being introduced as a way to pass Hopi tradition and experience of the pre-contact Arizona landscape to Hopi high school students. The digitally-rendered landscapes allow students to virtually fly through space and time between villages and prominent landforms through line-of-sight analyses that help visualize the migration pathways that brought clans to the Hopi mesas from 1200 A.D. to present times. The three dimensional experience may point archeologists and students to sites that hold keys to unlocking even more Hopi history. Tutuveni is a petroglyph site sacred to the Hopi people and is located on Navajo Nation land. Tutuveni, “newspaper rock,” is now a World Monuments Fund (WMF) Watch List site in the company of Machu Pichu in Peru and the Bamiyan Valley in Afghanistan where two monumental Buddhas once stood.

Dr. Wesley Bernardini, archeologist and Associate Professor and Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Redlands, 909-748-8707; Lee Wayne Lomayestewa, Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, 928-734-3616.

1 p.m. June 22, 2011 

The Hopi and Navajo Tribes are historic adversaries but found common ground in protecting a unique historic site and cultural resource, Tutuveni. Ancients secrets about the Southwest’s past now are being revealed through the work of college professor and archeologist Dr. Wesley Bernardini and his work with the Hopi tribe, Redlands Institute, the World Monument Fund, and CyArk. Hopi youth now have the opportunity to learn about history through a modern medium that is both accessible and exciting. This ground breaking work will spur further discoveries and increase preservation efforts. The Hopi Indians are a federally recognized Native American Tribe whose ancestors have lived in the American Southwest for thousands of years. Hopi villages are the oldest continuously occupied places in North America, with some villages dating back to at least 1100 A.D.

Board Conference Room, Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, Keams Canyon, AZ 86034, 928-738-5111. Park in visitor parking spots in front of school.

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