Understanding Traditional Foods Security of Hopi Single Parent Female Headed Households

Publication Year: 
2008
Publication Type: 
Program Highlight
Citation: 
Hpoi Extension
FRTEP - 1862

In the last 30 years the Hopi nation, like many other American Indian nations, suffered a huge increase in diet-related diseases stemming from obesity, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. How Hopi women define, access and use traditional Hopi foods is based on an interaction of community capitals: natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial and built. Since traditional Hopi food is the basis of Hopi ceremonies and identity, mechanism for maintaining its availability depends on investing in all these capitals. Hopi women’s role in their matrilocal society makes passing on the embedded knowledge is critical. Hopi food is based on the domestic convention, which women control, but lack the political capital to reproduce effectively. The survey that was conducted on the Hopi Reservation examined the traditional foods security needs of one group within the Hopi demographic, Hopi single parent female headed households, and the availability of traditional foods to the same. The goal of this proposal, Outreach to the Hopi Community and its Organizations, is to complete the data analysis and triangulate our findings during our presentations.

A grant was received in 2006 to continue work on Hopi Food Security issues, Understanding Traditional Foods Security of Hopi Single Parent Female Headed Households, Outreach to the Hopi Community and its Organizations seeks to present material to the Hopi communities and gather additional dietary and foods information at the same time. The goal is to go farther to utilize the results of the study to increase access to and use of traditional foods through building community action based on the research. The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Iowa State University provided methodological expertise in research design, data analysis, and social technologies for data feedback for communities. In addition, they will share these methodologies with Tribal Colleges in the Great Plains, who share the Hopi concern for access to and use of
traditional foods.