One Night Only!



This special event will include the film screening, demonstration of the Hopi long flute by Gary Stroutsos, and Q&A with the artists. Copies of the Öngtupqa CD+DVD+Digital Download will be available for sale.

Grand Canyon is recognized as the world’s most popular destinations, a place of awe and inspiration, and near the top of everyone’s bucket list. For members of the Hopi Tribe, Grand Canyon is their place of emergence, and is where their spirits return after life on Earth is done. Grand Canyon, or Öngtupqa in the Hopi language, is a living cultural landscape. Öngtupqa, a recently-produced independent film, is a journey into Grand Canyon through an indigenous perspective. The film features Clark Tenakhongva, a renowned Hopi singer who is also a famous kachina carver and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Hopi Tribe. With Grand Canyon as a dramatic backdrop, Clark shares the cultural significance of the canyon and how it’s a house of worship for Hopi people, intermixed with images of Grand Canyon and footage of Hopi music recorded inside the Desert View Watchtower – an acoustically superior structure perched on the South Rim of Grand Canyon whose architecture was inspired by ancient Puebloan ruins. On some of the songs featured in Öngtupqa, Tenakhongva is joined by Gary Stroutsos, a world flute virtuoso who plays a replica of a 1,400-year-old wooden flute found in a cave in northeastern Arizona in the 1930s. One of the oldest known wooden flutes in North America and pre-dating cedar Plains flutes commonly referred to as “Native American flutes” by over 1,000 years, this obscure instrument has been missing from Hopi culture for over 500 years. This project brings to light the return of the Hopi long flute – said to have been used traditionally to bring the rain. Tenakhongva’s powerful vocals are accented by the ethereal sounds of the flute while Matthew Nelson keeps rhythm on clay pot drums. Öngtupqa is equal parts art film, cultural anthropology study, music video, native ceremony, and one-on-one with a Hopi elder talking about one of the natural wonders of the world. (Film by Levi S. Davis, 2018, USA, 48 mins, Rated G) This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Arizona Trail Association.