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Life Along the River Ancestral Hopi At Homolovi Exhibition Grand Opening at WAT Museum
January 18 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Homolovi State Park, Winslow Arts Trust, and Old Trails Museum present
Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi Exhibition Opening
January 18, 2020, in Winslow, Arizona
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Winslow, AZ) – Homolovi State Park, the Winslow Arts Trust (WAT),
and the Old Trails Museum – in cooperation with the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office – have created
a unique partnership to host a major exhibition in northeastern Arizona: Life Along the River:
Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi.
Join us for the exhibition’s Grand Opening on January 18, 2020, at 2 pm at the WAT Museum at La
Posada Hotel, 333 East 2nd Street. The event will include the Hopi Polequaptewa Dancers and
comments by Dr. E. Charles Adams. Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi will be on
display through January 10, 2021.
Created by the Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson, the exhibition
synthesizes more than thirty years of archaeological research by the museum’s Homol’ovi Research
Program. Through images, maps, and the voices of present-day Hopi, it tells the story of the people
who lived in seven villages along the Little Colorado River – near what is now Winslow – in the 1300s.
Present-day Hopi refer to the former settlements nestled among the small, raised buttes as
Homol’ovi, “place of little hills.”
Dr. Adams, now retired, directed the Homol’ovi Research Program from 1985 to 2017. “We found the
(archaeological) record remarkably intact and fully able to tell the stories of the place,” said Adams,
who credits the program’s work with revealing a timeline for life at Homol’ovi, the relationships among
the area’s inhabitants, and the importance of the river in their lifeways.
The exhibition also illustrates how collaborative research with descendant communities increases our
understanding of the past and enhances the interpretation of archaeological resources. In recognition
of its important archaeological resources, the Homol’ovi area became Arizona’s first archaeological
state park in 1986 through a wide-ranging partnership between the Hopi people, state agencies, the
governor’s office, local civic leaders, and avocational archaeologists.
Life Along the River: Ancestral Hopi at Homol’ovi is made possible in Winslow by Arizona State Parks
& Trails/Homolovi State Park, the Winslow Arts Trust, the Old Trails Museum, the Hopi Cultural
Preservation Office, and the Arizona State Museum. For the latest updates on related programs
throughout 2020, go to https://azstateparks.com/homolovi/events.
About the Old Trails Museum
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The Old Trails Museum is owned and operated by the Winslow Historical Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
corporation. The museum receives, preserves, and interprets information and artifacts representing the history
and cultures of the Winslow area, in order to engage and enlighten all visitors to the museum’s exhibits and