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HOPILAND


Where is Hopi?

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HOPILAND


Where is Hopi?

 

The Hopi Indians and their ancestors are Native Americans who have lived in Northwestern Arizona for thousands of years.  Information suggests that the name 'Hopi' is translated to mean 'peaceful person'.  These Southwest American Indians inhabit an area called the Black Mesa, a plateau which rises 1,000 feet above the surrounding grasslands, and refer to this place as the center of the universe.

Located in Northern Arizona, the Hopi Reservations encompasses approximately 1.5 million acres.  Hopi land rises up 7,200 feet, offering panoramic views of the surrounding low-altitude desert.  You'll find amazing history, culture, art, and food when you visit here...

First Mesa Consolidated Villages offers organized tours in their jurisdiction. Visitors may travel freely along primary highways; off-road travel, including jeeps, motorcycles and 4-wheel drive vehicles, is prohibited without a guide. Your consideration is truly appreciated!

History Fun Fact.  Oraibi, the westernmost Hopi Pueblo, is the oldest continuously inhabited U.S. settlement.  This multi-level living complex was built by stacking rooms (without ground-level openings) several stories high around a center courtyard.

 

 
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ABOUT


What is Hopi?

ABOUT


What is Hopi?

 

TRADITIONAL BELIEFS

Throughout time the Hopi have been through evolutionary eras of humanity and its environment, or four worlds; they currently inhabit the fourth world of Tuuwaqatsi, or planet earth. The Hopi communities consist of twelve villages. They are a matrilineal society organized by clans; the clanship establishes a person’s family ties and responsibility in the Hopi community.

The Hopi continue to uphold their sacred agreement made with the caretaker and creator, Maasawu, by living their life plan based on compassion, humility, cooperation, respect, and universal earth stewardship.  The world we live in now is the fourth way of life that the Hopi have lived.

AGRICULTURE

Dry farming in a semiarid climate, traditional farming methods have been established which utilize natural precipitation depends completely on natural precipitation - winter snows or summer monsoon rains.  The Hopi knew that their fourth way of life would be difficult and that they must submit to the corn as a way of life.  The themes of humility, cooperation, respect, and universal earth stewardship became the lifeway of all Hopis.  In this way, the Hopi have always had corn and agriculture.  This “dry farming” technique is a way of life for Hopi, from centuries ago perfecting this technique.  Agriculture is an act of faith for the Hopi that serves as a religious focus as well as an economic activity.  A majority of dry farming is done by hand by the men who plant, nurture and harvest the crops, while the women and young girls learn the techniques of storing and preserving for later use.

With corn being a representation of the Hopi way of life and main source of nutrition, the Hopi continue to cultivate and continue to practice their ceremonies and traditions. Dry farming is dependent on hard work, humility, care and prayer. While living up to our sense of purpose and maintaining balance, the Hopi know that our way of life is a hard life ... but a good life.

 

 
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VISIT


Plan Your Trip

We encourage and invite our visitors to capture what they are able to observe and be a part of with their mind and heart.  Contact us to plan your trip to the Hopi Cultural Center and make your stay an immersion in the rich culture of the Hopi people.

VISIT


Plan Your Trip

We encourage and invite our visitors to capture what they are able to observe and be a part of with their mind and heart.  Contact us to plan your trip to the Hopi Cultural Center and make your stay an immersion in the rich culture of the Hopi people.