Ongtupqa is the Hopi word for Grand Canyon. This project is about sharing the story of the connection between this sacred place and the Hopi people who know it as their place of emergence and the place they return to. Ongtupqa explores Hopi cultural connections to Grand Canyon through music and video, recorded on the South Rim of Grand Canyon where Hopi emerged from the Third World into the Fourth World long ago.
With your help, the CD and DVD produced from this project will allow us to share this important story with the world, and create meaningful connections between all people and the Grand Canyon.
The CD includes nine songs recorded inside the Desert View Watchtower, the most culturally significant structure in Grand Canyon and inspired by ancient Hopi architecture. The acoustics within the Watchtower provide natural reverberation for renowned traditional Hopi singer Clark Tenakhongva. Gary Stroutsos plays the Hopi Long Flute, the oldest known wind instrument in North America. Matthew Nelson adds earthen rhythms through a variety of clay pot drums. The result is incredible.
In addition to Hopi music inspired by Grand Canyon, the DVD features breathtaking footage from one of the seven natural wonders of the world and interviews with Clark Tenakhongva about Hopi cultural connections to this special place and how visitors from every country can get the most out of their Grand Canyon experience.
Support from generous individuals is needed to finish the audio mastering of the CD, edit footage to produce the DVD, and print 1,000 copies for distribution. Help us tell an important story about the Hopi connection to Grand Canyon, threats facing this important natural and cultural resource, and celebrate a living landscape through music.
10% of proceeds from product sales will support the continuation of traditional music on the Hopi Mesas and the restoration of Desert View Watchtower.
Never before has a first-person native narrative about a National Park been captured through music in such an accessible and profound way. Help us share this important story with the world.
Learn more about the project and listen to a few songs, visit www.ongtupqa.com
Risks and challenges
The good news is that we've already invested personal funds to cover the special permits, sound engineer, and initial videographer expenses associated with the project. Now we just need a little help to finish mastering the audio, editing the DVD, and printing 1,000 copies. These will be made available at no cost to schools and libraries since they are an important educational resource, and copies will be made available for sale at select locations near Grand Canyon.
The project is nearly complete. A little help from friends is all we need!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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