Newsletter 2011

"Sheltering the Creative Spirit"

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Taos, New Mexico USA





September 2011



We encourage all to renew their membership contributions and consider special donations. We have a number of coming projects,  including the refurbishing of adobe walls on the tackroom/ barn, which is both historic and functioning  as storage space on the Waters property. We also have maintenance of the existing resident artist/writer/musician cabin,  and a shepherd's wagon, including Its  shower facility. There are also programs being considered for development, including a high school writing contest for which we will need funding and in-kind assistance/direction. Thank you to all who contribute and donate your money, time, energy and thought!


Shepherd residence


Our Gypsy Wagon




Book of the Hopi, 41st Edition



Bay Foundation Grant

Early this year our Executive Director, Barbara Waters wrote a grant proposal submitted to the Bay Foundation, which had funded research and writing of the original Book of the Hopi. Word was received early in 2011that Barbara's proposal had been accepted for funding.

The proposed use of these funds is to digitize and develop Book of the Hopi background material. Arrangements will be made to provide access to these materials on–line. The original transcripts were made by White Bear and his wife, Naomi.  A group of video tapes will also be digitized. These video interviews with Frank and Barbara Waters and Craig Stuart discuss the making of the book and its importance to people today, including young Hopis and researchers.  We hope that making the book's background material more readily available to those interested, will promote continued thought and discussion.

The Foundation is grateful for the opportunity to do this work and, of course, thanks the Bay Foundation. We are also very grateful to Brent Scott for his most valuable input and effort and to Craig Stuart in Sedona for his interview time and ongoing assistance. Our gratitude is also extended to  the staff at the University of New Mexico's Southwest Research Center which holds a collection of materials related to Frank Waters' writing of Book of the Hopi

This grant will be matched with funds, dollar donations and in-kind donation by the Foundation. We remain thankful to any interested in participating.

Book of the Hopi, uncorrected proof



Mark Rossi

I  remember my first introduction to the writing of Frank Waters. Prior to a field trip with my senior year high school art teacher, Olivia Hogue; Olivia pointed toward books on her shelf... Frank's Book of the Hopi and Carlos Casteneda's The Teachings of Don Juan. While Book of the Hopi is the most printed of Waters' writing; twenty six of his books remain in print today.


Pages from the Book of the Hopi


Book of the Hopi in all of its editions is filled with illustrations, both drawn and photographed. It is wonderfully readable despite the huge bulk of information imparted.  And it soon will be 50 years since it was first assembled and published - - half a century ago!  Frank Waters consistently stated that he had included everything he had learned about the subject in Book of the Hopi and his journal narrative, Pumpkin Seed Point.  In forwards to these books, readers will find Frank's strong concerns about the necessity for all people to bring to their own consciousness the deepest parts of each culture's relationship with the Earth and the Cosmos from which unified humanity evolved.



Leslie Marmon Silko and Bill Orzen Event at Mark Rossi's Studio in Tucson, Arizona

In December last year, the Frank Waters Foundation hosted an exhibit and reading by Leslie Marmon Silko from Leslie's newest book The Turquoise Ledge. The exhibit included paintings and decorated gourds by Leslie and paintings with stick constructions by Bill Orzen, friend of Leslie and the Waters Foundation. We are particularly proud to note that this is the first public showing by Leslie of her own art. The event was well attended with standing room only for Leslies's book reading, discussion, and art presentation. Bill's paintings most often show either interior or exterior scenes of buildings and homes. His stick assemblies are both abstract and figurative.


Link to Alfonso Elias photos. thanks Altonso Elias for your fine photographic contribution!



Following are written contributions by friends of the Foundation. We welcome writing and illustration from all for consideration to include here in our newsletters as we look forward to a future expansion to a literary journal and continued book publication. Please find on our website information concerning purchase of the Frank Waters Foundation's two published books. 

Arleeta Viddaurri’s Heritage:

In 1900, by Act of U.S. Congress, land of the Comanche reservation was allotted to all males of the tribe. Each allotment was 160 acres. After tribe members picked their allotments, often close to chosen allotments of family members and close associates, the remaining land was open to homesteading by white settlers.

My father, Lee Viddaurri, was allotted land near a town today called Lone Wolf.

Since my father's passing in 2002, this land has been owned jointly by my five sisters and me. We understand that this is the last piece of original Comanche allotment land still in ownership of family of the original allotment holder. In 1958 a forty acre parcel was sold by our father to finance moving our family to St. Louis,  where I was born. We soon moved back to Oklahoma and lived in Tulsa where our father was able to find work. Since our family moved from the wood frame house on this land, the remaining 120 acres has been leased for farming and grazing.




sunlight sparkles

on the nearly dried

up pond muck


we walk along in

a fine line of still

reserve in our

attempt to remember

what we never knew

but hoped to know


an old can here a

nail there a board

old and weathered

shows promise


meadow muffins

draw our attention

to how the past is

long gone


daddy never had a

bull on this farm or

even a cow yet the

droppings speak


we walk among

them in solitude

trying to ignore

the flies that seem

desperate to

convince us we

were once

part of this


Arleeta Viddaurri




The following contributed by Brent Scott.


A HOPI  Is one whose lifetime quest is to gain strength and wisdom through prayer,

education and experience, to acquire a practical and spiritual understanding of life

in general and to acquire the ability to address life circumstances and community

needs from an eagle’s viewpoint with a caring attitude and humility; 

A HOPI  Is one who places the society’s and / or community’s interest and benefits above

individual and personal interests and gains; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that “Kyavtsi” means to maintain the highest degree of

respect for and obedience to the moral standards of ethics, so as not to knowingly

abuse, alter or oppose the progressive order, cycle of nature and the sacred

manifestations of the creator’s teachings; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that “Sumi’nangwa” means to come together to do things

for the benefit of all, out of a compelling desire and commitment to contribute or

return something of value to society;

A HOPI  Is one who understands that “Nami’nangwa” means to help one another (or give

aid) in times of need, without having to be asked to do so and without expecting

compensation for the deed; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that “Hita’nangwa” means to have the initiative to take

care of something without having to be instructed, asked or reminded, regardless

if anyone will notice your effort, and knows that it will make a difference; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that “Pasi’nangwa” means to have characteristic qualities

of humility, modesty, patience, etc., and to possess the ability to think things

through carefully and thoroughly before reacting to and voicing opinion on issues; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that the creator has provided all the necessary things

needed by all living beings to co-exist here, including the means by which the

human race can achieve a happy, healthy and self-sustaining life; 

A HOPI  Is one who understands that to realize a dream come true, one must not only pray

for his/her desires, but also must make a sincere commitment and work diligently

to pursue the dream (goal) until it is achieved;

A HOPI  Is one who understands that the greatest feeling of accomplishment and

fulfillment of one’s individual participation in the society / community functions

and activities is knowing that your contributions have resulted in benefits to the

community and its people.


Author Unknown



Medicinal Plant Workshop






Our Medicinal Plant Workshop in August last year led by Rob Hawley, of Taos Herb,  was well attended and was a great success! We hope to continue with similar workshops as we also intend to expand our BioBlitz activity with more during additional seasons of the year.




More coming!




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