The experiential learning components of the Museum Anthropology course project were made possible with funding and support from several programs at the University of Michigan. The Museum of Anthropological Anthropology provided access to the plant collections, space for students to work with these collections, and photographic support. The Global Teaching with Videoconferencing grant program through the Office of the Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education and the LSA Faculty Instructional Technology Faculty Project grants provided funding and technical support that made the creation of the digital archive and videoconferencing with Hopi community members possible. Marina Mayne helped me create the Hopi Plants @ UMMAA on-line catalog in Omeka.
I would like to thank all the Hopi community members who were involved in this project. Susan Secakuku, who was the Hopi community coordinator for this project, introduced the Museum Anthropology students to Hopi culture and world view. She also invited Hopi community members to participate in this project and hosted the videoconferencing meetings. Many thanks to the Hopi community members who shared their knowledge and perspectives with the Museum Anthropology students. Thank you also to the 2014/15 Third Grade and the 2015/16 Fourth Grade classes at First Mesa Elementary and their teachers sharing their knowledge of Hopi plants with us.
Finally, the Museum Anthropology course project would not have been possible without the dedication of Volney Jones and Alfred Whiting. Jones started collecting plants at Hopi in 1932. Together, Jones and Whiting developed and oversaw that Hopi crop survey during three weeks in October of 1935. During this survey, they collected amazingly detailed information on the seeds that are now part the University of Michigan ethnobotanical collections. I would also like to express my gratitude to the Hopi families who this team interviewed and who generously shared their knowledge of plants that helped created the amazing collection of Hopi seeds and plants at the University of Michigan, Museum of Anthropological Archaeology.
Thank you all so much, Lisa Young (email@example.com)