Fil Kewanyama is an award-winning Hopi artist and a U.S. Army veteran.
He grew up on the Hopi reservation where he assimilated a history and a culture of art that never left him. “As kids growing up on Hopi land I think all of us grew up learning because it is connected to our ceremonial way of life. We learn colors, images and meanings,” Mr. Kewanyama says, “What inspires me the most is who I am as a Hopi, our ceremonial way of life and the spirituality.”
Through his art, Fil hopes to bring understanding between the Hopi and the non-Hopi. On Saturday, May 19 he presented his unique story with a one-hour talk, followed by a 30-minute dialogue with the audience. Selected pieces of his work were on display.
The program was presented by the Native American Ministry committee at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Our mission is building bridges of understanding through learning, caring, respecting and interacting.