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To provide meaningful and healing expressive arts experiences in the community and the natural world for refugee families resettled in Tucson who have been impacted by trauma, torture and traumatic dislocation. To help educate the community and beyond, about refugees in order to foster acceptance.  And to honor the efforts of our volunteers who make this project possible.


The Owl & Panther Project seeks to find a balance of peace and harmony between all cultures and among refugee children and their families. The project serves to youth through its Owl & Panther Program which offers refugee children opportunities for personal expression, enhanced self-esteem, validation of self-worth, and ways of connection to others. As such, refugee children and youth are often in need of mentorship and support in making successful adjustments to life in a new country and overcoming the trauma and torture they were subjected to in their home countries and during their journeys to the United States. The Hopi Foundation sponsors this project under its mission to promote and exemplify the Hopi teaching of Itam naapyani, doing the work ourselves, and supporting empowerment through self-determination and self-sufficiency within the communities we serve.


The Hopi Foundation started its work with refugee families and children under the Sanctuary Movement during the late 1980's and early 1990's and first worked with families from Guatamala transitioning into the U.S. as a result of torture and trauma experienced in their homeland. Today, the project has been able to serve children and families from over 35 countries around the world. The Hopi people have a fundamental belief in community through the practice of nami'nangwa and sumi'nangwa - traditional value of helping others in time of need and supporting the community for the benefit of humankind.


ABOUT THE HOPI FOUNDATION: Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani

The Hopi Foundation was founded in 1985 and incorporated under the State of Arizona as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1987. Lomasumi'nangwtukwsiwmani signifies the process of furthering unity of aspiration blossoming into full maturity over time. We believe in attending to the community in which we live and to the skills of our people. Since its inception, The Hopi Foundation has grown to encompass a variety of community-based projects and initiatives and is located on the Hopi reservation in Northeastern Arizona.