Did you know that many Hopi still live in the pueblos their ancestors built on desert mesas hundreds of years ago? Your students will explore Hopi culture in this interactive, hands-on presentation using pottery, baskets, clothing and other materials from the Haffenreffer Museum’s legendary collections. Students will learn about ancestral traditions still observed in modern Hopi communities. Students will discover the surprising resources available in the desert, how the Hopi use them and Hopi beliefs about their world. Your students will also learn how the Hopi name their children and will participate in a social dance.


“The presenter was able to adapt the program for all ages. We enjoyed the program. It was interesting for the students and kept them engaged. Thank you for visiting our school!”
— K-12 program teacher, South Shore School, Wakefield, RI


K-12 Curriculum Standards/Frameworks:
Rhode Island:
Civics & Government: C&G5(7-8)-1; C&G5(K-4)-2
Historical Perspectives: HP1(K-8)-1; HP2(5-8)-2; HP2(K-8)-3; HP3(5-6)-1; HP3(K-8)-2
Engineering and Technology: ET1.1(K-8); ET1.2(K-4)
Dance: D2(K-8)-1
Music: M2(K-8)-1; M2(5-6)-2

Social Science (Gr. 4): 4.24; 4.25; 4.28; (Gr. 5): 5.2
Science and Technology (K-2): Life Sciences 1, 6, 8; (3-5) 8&10
Arts (Gr. 4): Visual Arts: Standards 1, 5