There was a time when I found out I was going to be a father for the first time. It set me off on a journey to figure out how I was going to teach my daughter about who we were as Hopi People. I thought back to my own childhood and recalled stories I had heard from my relatives. These stories help me connect to the land and I remembered in my youth how I used my imagination to come up with other stories. So I decided to put some of these down in a book that I could give to my daughter in the hopes that she would be able to relate to the landscape and our culture as I had done.
I spent quite a bit of time putting together the stories and then laying out and drawing the accompanying pictures you see below. Ultimately, I never did get around to actually putting them into a book. Now, I have two daughters and I am finally getting around to re-visiting these stories and drawings. These are based directly on my own experiences growing up. Perhaps one day, my grand-kids and those who follow will look upon these pages and be able to establish their own connections.