For the Hopi in Arizona, climate change threatens the future of dry farming
For thousands of years, members of Arizona’s Hopi tribe have dry farmed in desert valleys, relying on the summer monsoons and winter moisture to nourish their corn and other crops. But years of drought and high temperatures, worsened by man-made climate change, have threatened this ancient tradition, and now it’s on its last legs. The Arizona Republic visits the fields, where Hopi people, baking in the hottest summer on record, say they’re determined to preserve their way of life. “In our hearts, we know this is where we live, and we’re going to continue surviving out here,” the tribe chairman said.