June 21, 2011

Crossing Hopiland in 3D

Hopi Students To Experience Tutuveni and Tribal History in 3DHopi high school students will get to see Tutuveni or “newspaper rock”—a petroglyph site on Navajo Nation land that is sacred to the Hopi—in three dimensions from their classroom tomorrow.

On June 22, Wesley Bernardini, archaeologist and associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Redlands, will demonstrate 3D educational modules he developed in collaboration with The Redlands Institute.

The “video game-like presentation that is being introduced as a way to pass Hopi tradition and experience of the pre-contact Arizona landscape to high school students,” states a press release announcing the demonstration.

“The digitally-rendered landscapes allow students to virtually fly through space and time between villages and prominent landforms through line-of-sight analyses that help visualize the migration pathways that brought clans to the Hopi mesas from 1200 A.D. to present times.”
Comment:  I don't know if this article is referring to the Newspaper Rock in southern Utah--the one I named my blog after. Or a similar "newspaper rock" elsewhere.

I also didn't realize "tutuveni" means "newspaper rock," as this article seems to indicate. Tutuveni was the name of the Hopi newspaper I subscribed to for several years.

For more on the subject, see Hopi Tutuveni Closes.

Below:  Second Mesa on the Hopi reservation.

1 comment:

Rob said...

For more on the subject, see:


New Software Brings Hopi History to Life

Rather than write a book about ancestral Hopi villages and migration patterns, associate professor of anthropology and sociology at the University of Redlands Wes Bernardini has been working with the university and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office on mapping software letting users travel through 3D reconstructions of 32 Hopi villages.

Esri’s ArcGIS Explorer software is an interactive tool allowing users to explore Hopi villages that used to stretch from what would eventually become Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona south to Central America.