A strong friendship should be able to overcome any obstacles, especially distance and cultural differences. Sometimes, something ever-lasting develops. Hopi Summer: Life, Friendship, and Survival on the Hopi Mesas is a book by Carolyn O’Bagy Davis based on one such enduring friendship that began in 1927 when Maud and Carey Melville of Worcester, Massachusetts, met Wilfred and Ethel Muchvo, a First Mesa Hopi family. The book is the starting point for a 90-minute Arizona Humanities Council program that examines, though Ethel’s correspondence with Maud, the changes affecting the Hopi nation in the 1920s and 1930s. Ethel writes of starvation, illness, and daily hardship all while tourists and missionaries visit traditional villages and the U.S. government urges the people to abandon the traditional Hopi way.
This free program runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Pueblo Grande Museum, 4619 East Washington Street. Call 602-495-0901 or visit www.pueblogrande.com.