About the Award

To Clinicians and Healing Practitioners

Working with Survivors of Torture

In honor of the life and work of Dr. Barbara Chester, The Hopi Foundation has established an award for outstanding clinicians/practitioners who treat victims of torture, their families and communities. In issuing this award, we hope to honor the worthy persons who undertake the difficult and often dangerous work of providing healing services in circumstances of torture. We hope also to call attention to such abuses directed against specific regions and communities, and draw worldwide support for prevention of torture and associated trauma.

The annual award includes a cash prize of approximately U.S. $10,000 and a silver sculpture, 17 cm. in height, beautifully handcrafted by noted Hopi artisan Floyd Lomakuyvaya, featuring Hopi symbolism for healing and Qa Tutsawinvu — freedom from fear of intimidation from any source. There are no restrictions on

how the monetary award can be used. In the event of a tie, the finalists will share

the award equally.

Learn more about the sculpture's maker and its meaning:


Kwaawiki - The Silver Eagle Feather Sculpture