June 20, 2009

Hopi-Croatian cultural exchange

Isvaki Gallery owner travels to Croatia

Hopi member shares culture and Hopi prehistory in the Mediterranean

By Rosanda Suetopka ThayerTraveling with renowned Ute-Navajo flutist, R. Carlos Nakai, Hopi tribal member Bob Lomadafkie of Hotevilla Village spent nine days on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea. He mixed with Croats, Serbs, Italians, Hungarians and Czechs, exchanging Hopi culture, exhibiting his award winning jewelry featuring 2009-10 Miss Croatia as his jewelry model and enjoying the balmy sea atmosphere in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, known for its warm air and friendly people.

Lomadafkie gave presentations on Hopi prehistory emphasizing a contemporary Hopi lifestyle and how it relates to art creativity and innovation to a non-Native audience comprised of mostly Croatian artists and scholars.
Below:  "Bob Lomadafkie, jeweler and owner of Isvaki Gallery in downtown Flagstaff, recently traveled to Croatia to share some of his Hopi culture in Zagreb." (Photo by Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO)

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