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The Hopi People

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The diverse people of the Hopi, whose name means "the peaceful ones," are today united on the Hopi Reservation, which is composed of 12 villages on more than 2,500 square miles in northeastern Arizona. In fact, the village of Orayvi is considered the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the United States, dating back more than a millennium. Often referred to as a "corn culture," the Hopis have developed dry-farming techniques that have sustained them in the harsh, arid landscape, where annual precipitation is often only 12 inches or less. The Hopi people are hardworking and spiritual, and their lifestyle has survived for centuries, only minimally changed by influences from the outside world.

ISBN-13: 9780738556482

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC

Publication Date: 06-01-2009

Pages: 128

Product Dimensions: 9.28(w) x 6.58(h) x 0.38(d)

Series: Images of America Series

The Hopi Cultural Preservation Office (HCPO) is charged with representing Hopi cultural interests both within and outside the reservation, a responsibility that requires the involvement of the Hopi villages, clans, and religious societies, as well as the Hopi tribal government. Through the collection of remarkable photographs gathered here, authors Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa and Carolyn O'Bagy Davis have provided the outside world with a rare look into this unique culture. A member of the Badger/Butterfly Clan, Koyiyumptewa is from Hotevilla, located on the Third Mesa, and has worked for the HCPO as the tribal archivist for eight years. Davis, a fourth-generation descendant of Utah pioneers, is the author of numerous books on the history of the American West.