Barbara Poley | Laguna/Hopi


Barbara Poley

Tribal Nation


Behaving One, One Who is Mannered, Civilized, Peaceable, and Polite, One Who Adheres to the Hopi Way

Barbara Poley

Barbara Poley, (Laguna/Hopi), has seeded the Hopi way of life over decades of community-minded dedication. She instills the ancestral values formed on the mesas through ceremonial cycles, clan relationships, and dry farming into daily contemporary life so that culture remains vibrant and central. Dry farming corn teaches that living in a traditional way may be difficult, “but with patience, care, and tending to the needs of these plants, we receive the abundance of new life with our corn which can be grown over and over for many years to come.” Indeed, the next generation of leaders is rising throughout Hopi, growing and strong with Barbara’s guidance. Barbara’s 18-year long leadership at the Hopi Foundation brings forward the educational ethics of her ancestor, Chief Loloma. She now seeks to move into the next phase of her eldership and expand the fundamental idea of caring for one another across generations.


Barbara Poley Interview

Hopi-Leadership-Program-Logo Meaning of the Hopi Leadership Program Logo: According to Talahytewa, the migration symbol (spiral) represents the clan migrations of the Hopi and also represents The Hopi Foundation as it is used as their logo. The cornstalk represents the Hopi way of life as well as the growing Hopi Leadership Program participants. The corn stalk sits on the migration symbol as the participants receive nourishment from The Hopi Foundation in all aspects of the training process. The Hopi Foundation plants the seeds and nourishes the participants and in essence is the foundation of the Hopi Leadership Program. The cloud symbolizes the different aspects of the curriculum, raining knowledge and skills onto the participants while the lightning suggests the power each participant has to make a positive difference in their community. The use of black and white signifies the traditional and western forms of leadership and how we must balance the two in today's society in order to become great leaders. Artist: Stacy Talahytewa, Jr HLP Cohort 2008-2009