Encounter the People
Hopi Arts & Crafts
The Hopi are known for distinctive pottery, silverwork, and basketry featuring traditional designs. Katsina dolls are also an important Hopi art form. Learn more about the history and variety of Hopi arts and crafts with NANACT's fascinating pages on Hopi Basketry, Hopi Katsina Dolls, Hopi Pottery, and Hopi Silverwork & Jewelry.
Interesting Facts about the Hopi
The Hopi population on Hopi land is just under 10,000, occupying 2,439 sq. miles, according to the 1990 U.S. Census. The Hopi have 12 villages located in three regions: First Mesa, Second Mesa and Third Mesa. The Hopi reservation is surrounded by the much larger Navajo reservation. Hopi Villages are among the longest continuously inhabited places in North America.
From the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office:
The Hopi have been able to adapt to their arid desert climate by using different agricultural methods. These methods include dry farming in the washes or valleys between the mesas as well as gardening on irrigated terraces along the mesa walls below each village. Some of the garden terraces at Paaqavi (Bacavi) have been in use since, approximately, A.D. 1200.
Tuba City, Arizona was named by Mormon settlers after Hopi Tuuvi, also known as, Chief Tuba (c. 1810 – 1887).
Lori Piestewa (1979-2003), US Army Quartermaster Corps soldier killed in Iraq War was a Hopi.