Posted 30 May 2011, by Felicia Fonseca (Associated Press), The Daily Reporter, greenfieldreporter.com
BACAVI, Ariz. — Agriculture tours on the Hopi reservation are feeding the desire of tourists to learn about one of the oldest indigenous tribes in America.
One of the tour guides, Micah Loma’omvaya (Lowmuh’ ohm vie yah), shares stories about a tribe whose culture and tradition is rooted in farming.
The Hopi anthropologist talks about the preservation of ancient seeds and crops. Tourists are greeted by farmers at terraced gardens and at corn fields.
The tours also serve an economic need where business opportunities are scarce.
The lack of infrastructure on the 1.6 million-acre reservation means that industrial development is nonexistent. Tribal members have twice rejected gaming.
Tribal officials say tourism can help boost the economy.