the news of a rockslide and resulting road closure leading up to the First Mesa Villages in both English and Hopi. Bilingual broadcasting was not possible prior to the inception of KUYI. In addition to reaching the local community spread across the 1.5 million acre reservation, as well as neighboring communities of Flagstaff, Tuba City, Winslow, and the I-40 corridor, the station has started streaming at www.kuyi.net. We have a Facebook and a Twitter page, and our listeners post comments that we air as part of a discussion. The station also receives letters, phone calls, and in-person listener visits that help shape new content and programming. Personal feedback sustains our relationship with our community. KUYI not only provides a window to the world through its affiliations with Native Voice One and National Public Radio, but also broadcasts an eclectic variety of music. Over the past five years the station’s collection of Hopi music has quadrupled, although limited resources prevent us from recording more music. Hopi Radio provides a new way of storytelling, an age-old tradition. We broadcast national news and debate and discuss how it affects our people and our community. Through Hopi Radio, we reaffirm our respect for tradition by preserving our language and culture in a contemporary context. Station programming revolves around the Hopi traditional calendar, which is based on the lunar calendar and deeply rooted around agricultural practices, honoring our traditions and ceremonial practices. During the month of Kyaamuya (December), the station only plays soft music— no drumming, no hip-hop or rap songs, and no hard rock. The station also makes an effort to air stories in Hopi, Hopi/ English, and stories from other tribes, since storytelling is traditionally done in the winter months. A daily community calendar airs at least three times a day to keep the community informed. KUYI has also partnered with several local entities to create culturally relevant local programming. The Hopi Foundation’s Hopi Lavayi (Hopi Language) program consists of monthly segments as well as recordings about “this date in history.” The Hopi Foundation’s Natwani Coalition and local farmers sponsor “Farm Talk,” a show about traditional Hopi agriculture that also includes live interaction with listeners through call-ins and feeds from Facebook and Twitter. The Hopi Tribe Cultural Preservation Office, with assistance from community volunteers, runs the winter storytelling and other cultural education segments exclusively in the Hopi language. The “Shooting Stars” radio program has also worked with the Hopi Head Start Program and Mesa Media Inc., to develop an educational program for Hopi students of all ages. The weekly Hopi Lavayi segments coincide with the Head Start’s Hopi Lavayi Curriculum. Many organizations work with KUYI to script and air public service announcements on a wide range of topics from cancer awareness to combating domestic violence. The Indian Health Services’ employees also host a weekly “House-Call” show, where medical advice and listener interaction takes place. The use of the Hopi language on air is increasing by popular demand. In January, the station did a live remote broadcast from Moencopi Village on the opening of the first-ever elder Hopi assisted living community, as well as a high school basketball game. This past season KUYI also aired a football
Bruce Tawyma, volunteer DJ; Richard Davis, KUYI station manager; Kyle Knox, Natwani Coalition; Donald Dawahongnewa, KUYI cultural adviser/volunteer.
game by a volunteer broadcaster doing a play-by-play commentary in Hopi. As Talayma says, “The community is realizing the role of the station to perpetuate the language and culture and they are becoming more accepting of the station as a tool. The cultural discussions are creating more awareness and the general public appreciate the discussions.” Talawyma’s ultimate wish is to hear the younger generation DJ at the station in fluent Hopi, and that wish might soon come true. —Cara Dukepoo (Hopi) is a long-time volunteer at KUYI-FM and the producer of “Shooting Stars.” Listen to the KUYI podcasts here: www.kuyi.net including Dukepoo’s show, “Shooting Stars,” for youth and children. www.kuyi.net/education/shooting-stars/sshlp soundcloud.com/kuyi_shootingstars www.facebook.com/KUYIRadio/info twitter.com/KUYI
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Cultural Survival Quarterly
March 2013 • 23
The Electronic Drum: Community Radio’s Role in Indigenous Language Revitalization