Ariz. - Hopi and Tewa military personnel are going to get a special
Valentine's package from their home reservation filled with Hopi
snack food, cards, letters, art work and playing cards as the 2008-2009
Miss Hopi Kiara Pahovama, and First Attendant Jody Timms spent the
last couple of weeks gathering donations from various Hopi agencies
around the reservation to send this special Valentine's Day.
idea was to send each of the current active duty service personnel
who are Hopi or Tewa a special remembrance package that contained
hooma (white corn meal), kutuki (parched corn), playing cards and
phone cards along with healthy snacks and letters and cards from
their families and relatives.
Pahovama and Timms didn't know, however, was the support and outpouring
of gifts that were going to come in to assist with their project.
unexpected gift came from a Hopi Headstart classroom that donated
hooma and Hopi art that was created by the students themselves for
teacher Loes Kaursgowva brought some of her students to the Veteran's
Outreach Office to personally deliver their contributions through
Clark Tenakhongva, an outreach counselor at the Vet's Office, as
well as to sing some special songs to Miss Hopi and her first attendant.
and Timms said that they were very proud of the students who wanted
to participate and contribute to their project and sent special
thanks to their parents for helping to donate to their cause.
Hopi chaperone-sponsors, Carrie Onsae and Lisa Lomavaya, were pleased
as well with the generous donations given from around the reservation.
said that there were enough donations to send 46 packages out in
this first round of gifts to military personnel.
to outreach counselor Tenkahongva, there are 65 Hopi-Tewa military
in active duty right now, but only 46 of those military families
have contacted the Miss Hopi committee to give their names and addresses
of where they can be contacted.
families of the Hopi military are being asked to contact Onsae and
Lomavaya at (928) 530-5306 so that their active duty family members
can recieve a special package from home. They may also contact the
Veterans Outreach office at (928) 734-5166.
you are interested in having Miss Hopi appear at your event, you
may contact Carrie Onsae at (928) 530-5306 to schedule a guest appearance