The Hopi Pu'tavi Project, Inc. has been sponsoring the Tuhisma Hopi Arts and Crafts Market since 2002, when it took it over from the Hopi Credit Association. The annual arts show was established in order to provide to Hopi artisans a local venue for their arts and crafts. The show is held at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center in Kykotsmovi every Columbus Day weekend in October. Participating are top Hopi artists whose reputations have helped the Tuhisma show grow tremendously. Renowned Hopi artists participate annually.
By coming to the Hopi Reservation to attend the Tuhisma Arts & Crafts Market, visitors have the opportunity to meet with Hopi artists in surroundings that significantly influence their creative process. Visitors will be able to appreciate the landscape that forms the creative process of Hopi artisans. Along with the art available for purchase, there will be food booths and a variety of entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Visitors can also take the opportunity to visit the sights on the Hopi reservation along with the various craft shops along the highway.
Many top Hopi artists have participated in the market over the last several years. These included noted carvers such as Neil David, Sr., Keith Torres, Jonathan Day, Sr., Manuel Chavarria, Richard Honyouti, Clark Tenakhongva, Philbert Honanie, and many others. Potters have included Nona Naha, Garrett Maho, and Tonita Nampeyo. Silversmiths include Roy Talahaftewa, Timothy Mowa, and Mitchell Sockyma, Sr. In Fine Arts, Evelyn Fredricks, Emmett Navakuku and Anthony Honahnie have also participated.
It is estimated that an average of over $150,000 in sales per year is generated for the artists participating, including money spent on the reservation at galleries, restaurants and hotels by the Tuhisma patrons. This income benefits the artists and the Hopi community in general and is very appreciated.