Hopi are traditionally farmers, and agriculture is the cornerstone of traditional Hopi life and respectful people. The Hopi are tightly knit together by clan relations. Clans are made up of individuals who trace their ancestry matrilineally to a common ancestor who is part of that clan's creation story. Clans include more than one family and have developed into many lines of ancestry. The Hopi have many clans within each village; clans that emerged into the fourth way of life or migrated together are considered phratries, with 34 living clans identified today. The Hopi are considered the "oldest of the native people" the Hopi reside in 12 traditional villages, home to a total population of about 14,212. Each village is self-governing and members of the tribe identify themselves with their village and clan.
Intensely spiritual and fiercely independent, the Hopi value their privacy and conduct religious ceremonies throughout the year. Please respect and honor each village's rules on visitation. While most Katsina dances are open to the public, photography, sketching and recording of religious ceremonies are not allowed.