Emory Sekaquaptewa, a Hopi educator, judge, artist and cultural treasure as well as a noted research anthropologist at The University of Arizona’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, died on Dec. 14. Although his birth was never recorded, he is believed to have been born in 1928 and celebrated his birthdays on Dec. 28.
Sekaquaptewa was perhaps the most recognizable face of the Hopi Nation. He spent nearly four decades at the UA, where he taught courses such as Hopi Language and Culture. His most notable academic achievement, though, was compiling and publishing the definitive dictionary of the Hopi language.
Gordon Krutz, a former UA faculty member and longtime friend, called Sekaquaptewa the “Noah Webster of the Hopi Nation.” read more