Hopi Reservation in northeastern Arizona occupies

parts of Navajo and Coconino Counties. It encompasses approximately

1,542,306 acres, of which 911,000 acres are identified as

the Hopi Partitioned Lands. Neighboring towns include Flagstaff,

Winslow, and Holbrook. The reservation consists of three major

mesas rising up to 7,200 feet, surrounded by low altitude deserts

and gullies. The land is most suitable for grazing with potential for

agricultural development.

 

The Hopi built Old Oraibi, believed to be the oldest continuously

inhabited settlement in the United States, as early as 1150 A.D.

Currently, Keams Canyon is the site of the Bureau of Indian Affairs

headquarters.

 

Federally funded programs (the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Indian

Health Services and the Hopi Tribal Government) represent approximately

46 percent of the employment. Private sector employment

such as service stations, motels and restaurants, arts and crafts

shops, and other service businesses account for approximately 54

percent of employment.

 

Other economic activities include cattle and sheep production,

tourism, royalties from coal mining, and construction. Fine Hopi

overlay jewelry, hand woven baskets, free-hand formed pottery, and

fine hand-carved Kachina dolls are sold to tourists.

 

Hopi land offers an opportunity to explore the colorful rock

formations of mesas and buttes. The mesas, home of the Hopi

villagers, were a means of protection from the marauding Navajo

and Apache. Ruins of past villages are on several of the mesas and

from the pictographs on Awatovi the famous Nampeyo pottery

designs were developed. These ruins are currently closed to the public

to protect their contents. Other noted villages are Walpi, with its

scenic high rise dwellings and beautiful sunset backgrounds, and

Old Oraibi.

 

The Hopi are religious people, practicing their religion with different

ceremonies throughout the year. Villages are open to visitors

daily. Ten of 12 villages have closed their Kachina dances to all non-Indian

public; however, most social dances remain open. Snake

dances and flute ceremonies are closed. Photography is prohibited

throughout the reservation, especially within the villages.

Other attractions include fine Hopi overlay jewelry available

directly from local silversmiths, Hopi Guild Co-op, Hopi Crafts,

Honani Gallery, Dawa's Honani Crafts, Monongya Gallery, and other

galleries.