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Hopiit (1982)

Victor Masayesva, Jr. | Experimental Short
United States | 1982 | 15 min

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 1:-00pm
Victor Masayesva, Jr. Retrospective/Dawson: Making Meaning
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

In this expressive work, Hopi cultural activities are observed through the cycle of the seasons. Work and play, ceremonial rituals and the rituals of everyday life throughout the year are woven together in a seamless vision that conveys the oral traditions of storytelling, the natural landscape of Arizona and the richness of Hopi culture.


Born in 1951 Hopi visual storyteller Victor Masayesva, Jr. has created some of the most evocative Indigenous images through his photography and visual narratives. He presents culture and traditions; particularly the Hopi through poetic visualizations and by animating lyrical translations of Hopi stories, ceremonies and history. He articulates the richness of his people and their culture in his own language.