At one time, this land was populated by communities that knew how to care for the land - to honor its resources and live in balance with all living things. These people still live among us, though marginalized and systemically forced into poverty and lack of resources. Native nations protect around 80% of the world's biodiversity.
One Light Global is partnering with the Hopi Nation in Arizona to co-create new infrastructure that integrates traditional ecological and cultural wisdom with modern technology.
Our first building made possible by the generosity of our donors is a multipurpose building where the children of Soongopavi can gather to reconnect with ancient ecological knowledge, to be a part of cultural preservation and revival in activities such traditional farming, various cultural arts and language.
Our vision is to continue to collaborate and integrate traditional building styles with sustainable technology, to provide a new future path for the youth that both honors tradition and supports economic independence, resilience and innovation.
We are working with the Hopi nation in northeastern Arizona to build a sustainable village that will both bridge, honor and preserve cultures, and serve as a prototype model for other communities and ways to live in balance and harmony.
The sovereign Hopi nation encompasses over 1.5 million acres and is made up of 12 villages on three mesas. The ancient traditional mother village of Soongopavi (Shungopavi) has a population of approximately 2,000 people. It is here that this project will begin and assist in preserving and honoring endangered cultural wisdom and ancient ways of living, while implementing sustainable and innovative technology to meet modern day needs.
We are blessed to co-create with the Hopi nation sharing in their unique wisdom, co-creating global harmony with each other and the earth that we so desperately need today.
The next step in our collaboration is the expansion of infrastructure and practices that bring together the generations to preserve the Hopi language, cultural arts and traditions. These practices include traditional weaving, carving, silversmithing, traditional food growing, harvesting, preparation and storage practices, while increasing knowledge around nutrition, sustainable food sources and expanding on ecological design skills.
The vision is to integrate traditional building styles with sustainable technology and provide spaces where traditional cultural education can be shared and taught to preserve and enrich the cultural knowledge of the children.
The children will be able to access new skills and knowledge in a shared pride encompassing a much larger synergistic effort.True, positive values will be realized in the midst of the childrens' significantly challenged, current cultural realities affecting all where they live---the Hopi mother village, Soongopavi, the reed up through the spring - a sovereign nation of ancient people with reverent traditions.
This project aims to usher in a new era of community re-building and recovered brotherhood for Soongopavi, "the mother village" of Hopi nation, to ensure success in their critical and endangered charge to keep all life sacred and safe upon our Mother Earth and within the entire cosmos. We stand with these people, who have accepted the responsibility for maintaining the balance of this world through their reverence and faithfulness by performing the full ceremonial cycle given to them in ancient times. Their cultural survival may be seen as crucial to the survival of all life on our planet as the "tipping point" is upon us today.
Photographer Erika Rand who has generously allowed us to showcase her photographs from ‘Light of the Hopi’(a rare photographic collaboration between Erika and members of the Hopi Nation) both in our fundraising and on the OLG website to illustrate the beauty and sacredness of the Hopi Nation and culture.
Preserving a peaceful, regenerative community model and wisdom tradition and creating a prototype model for other communities
Eliminating dependence on outside aid, environmentally harmful resources, and value-conflicted solutions
Food security and land regeneration through combining ecological wisdom with modern permaculture practices, reciprocal relationship with animals and stewardship
Intergenerational reconnection, providing youth with ongoing opportunities to learn and preserve their language, wisdom and traditions and share those with the world.
Raising of over $10,000 in initial stages of program through fundraising to provide a multipurpose safe space for the children of Shungopavi.
Provide materials and space for the teaching of belt weaving and other traditional practices.
Successful seed grant application courtesy of Native Seed Search for village food provision and children’s stewardship of seed grant project outcomes including reporting and seed saving.
Ongoing commitment to successful outcomes through collaboration, partnerships and community building