Hello all, I am CiAnna Sakeva from the village of Sichomovi & I come from the snake/sand clan. Currently I am a student intern for the 2017 Hopi Tutskwa student internship for the spring build. Putting in my application for the internship build excitement for myself because I always enjoyed being able to give back to the community and also find ways to be more environmental friendly. This internship was a double whammy!
Being a sophomore studying environmental engineering and taking a year off to be able to be apart of the build was a huge stepping stone in my education. The internship is helping myself get a little more hands on work with what my major would be in related to. I see being able to try bring back the old ways our people use to live by being totally off grid by using rain water to use as the main source of water, using a grey watering system, solar passive way of heating and solar energy as way to power the house. Building a house with these types of qualities and being able to say, "hey, I did that/I know what that is" is what made me want to be apart of Hopi Tutskwa.
It is now the 3rd month of the build and I already gained so much. From finding a solid foundation to using ripped jean installation to how to use lestavi as post and corbels. Working with the lestavi was my favorite part so far in the build. From seeing it as a huge log of wood to being used as a way to support the house I saw interesting. Another part of the build I also enjoyed was working in interesting weather. The snow didn't stop a few of us from working, but instead it motivated us to get home so that meant working harder.
Thanks for reading! Check ya' later.