ZUNI – Koyemshi Cultural Ceremony Project
ZUNI RESERVATION, USA
CULTURAL & SPIRITUAL PRESERVATION PROJECT
In Early February of 2014, the Inti Raymi Fund visited the Zuni Community and fully funded a $25,000 USD gift into the community for the community’s Self Directed Projects.
After careful consideration the community elected to use these funds for the continued financial support of their Traditional Religious & Spiritual Festivals, preserving all that is Zuni for the Community.
Financial support for Indigenous People’s Self Determination cannot be expressed better than what was done within the Zuni Community, helping to teach and carry on these all important Religious and Spirtual Ceremonies & Dances of these Original Beautiful Peoples of the Americas.
Chimu & Chaski
Why does the Inti Raymi Fund want to help?
It is estimated that over 40% of Zuni peoples live below the poverty line in America. There has been a long history of displacement for all native peoples throughout the United States which has had socio and economic consequences that still reverberate today. Inti Raymi Fund visited the Zuni Community in early February 2014 with financial support delivered. These monies were entrusted to a select group of women with the agreement that they would let us know how the funds were going to be distributed. We strive to treat all cultures with dignity and respect and although we envision helping people all over the world, we have to look in our own back yard as well.
Who are the Zuni?
The Zuni are a federally recognized Native American tribe, one of the Pueblo peoples. Most live in the Pueblo of Zuni on the Zuni River, a tributary of the Little Colorado River, in western New Mexico, United States. The Zuni were and are a traditional people who live by irrigated agriculture and raising livestock. Their success as a desert agri-economy is due to careful management and conservation of resources, as well as a complex system of community support. Many contemporary Zuni also rely on the sale of traditional arts and crafts, with a specialization in silver jewelry. Their location is relatively isolated, but they welcome respectful tourists.
Start Date: 2014
Completion Date: 2016
Funded so far: $25,000 USD
Total Project: $25,000 USD
Lives Affected: 10,000
Chimu, Mae Kallestewa, Faye Leekya, Dinah Lau, Kristy Mae Tak-Yee Lau, Chaski