The Havasupai (pronounced “have a soup pie”) Indian Lands lie 3,000 feet at the bottom of Havasu Canyon at the western end of the Grand Canyon. It is in both Coconino and Navajo Counties. The land is at the end of Indian Route 18, off of Historic Route 66. Currently, the tribe has 600 members.
Havasupai means “people of the blue green water.” The tribe has been in this region for more than 1,000 years. Throughout their history, they have practiced the tradition of irrigation farming in the canyons during the summer and hunting on the plateaus during the winter.
The Havasupai Indian Land was established in June 1880 and later enlarged to 188,077 acres in 1975. All of the tribal members live in Supai Village at the base of Havasu Canyon, near where the Havasu River cascades over the edge creating blue green pools below.
Tourism is helping the tribe’s living standards, although it is difficult. This is due to the fact that there are only a few ways in and out of the community. Traveling down to Havasu Falls can only be done by foot, horse or helicopter. Still, more than 12,000 visitors come to see the amazing high waterfalls. This Indian Land is sometimes called the “Shangri-la of the Grand Canyon” because of its towering cliffs, spectacular falls and calming pools of water.
The Havasupai Indians are known for their basketry and beadwork.
Havasu Falls Lodge at the bottom of Havasu Canyon must be reserved in advance. The lodge and campgrounds are the only places to stay once you have hiked down from Hualapai Hilltop. The number of guests allowed in is limited. At the bottom of the canyon, visitors will see breathtaking waterfalls and pools filled with turquoise water.
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