Southwestern Studies: History and Culture of the Hopi People

Immerse yourself in the culture and story of the Hopi as you join members of the Hopi nation to visit important sites, attend artist demonstrations and delight in a traditional meal.
Rating (5)
Program No. 1091RJ
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5B 4L 5D
Check-In, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
Hopi Culture, Reservation field trip, Tewa Culture
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
Hopi Pottery Demo, Walpi Village, Hopi Issues
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
Hopi Jewelry demo, Ozaivi Village Field Trip
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
Kachina Carving, Dawa Park Petroglyphs, Hopi Dinner
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
Program Concludes, Independent Departures
Hopi Indian Reservation (Second Mesa)
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At a Glance

Experience firsthand the traditions and life ways of one of the most ancient and venerated peoples of the Southwest. With Hopi instructors and leaders, visit 1,000-year-old villages and traditional sites unseen by the average tourist. Experience the Hopis' rich culture through personal interaction with tribal members. Native art demonstrations, complex social, family and ceremonial life, oral traditions, Hopi history and modern interaction with Anglo society are covered.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the Hopi creation story, clan system, religious beliefs and modern challenges both on and off the reservation.
  • Observe Hopi artisans at work (potter, jeweler or katsina doll carver) to learn about the traditions associated with their crafts.
  • Enjoy a field trip to Walpi, a traditional village high atop First Mesa; visit an ancient rock art site.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Hopi Summer: Letters from Ethel to Maud
by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis
Hopi Summer tells the true story of a special cross-cultural friendship. In 1927 Maud Melville, a wealthy New Englander, and Ethel Muchvo, a Hopi potter, struck up a remarkable friendship. Using diaries, letters, and photographs of Ethel and Maud, biographer and historian Carolyn O'Bagy Davis delves into the touching relationship that blossomed between two very different women over many years of triumphs and sorrows. The story of Ethel and Maud also documents a bygone time in Native American history, a "Hopi summer" before wrenching change came to the traditional Pueblo world of the Hopi. 60 b/w photos.
Native Roads : The Complete Motoring Guide to the Navajo and Hopi Nations
by Kosik, Frank
Using the mile markers of the US, Arizona, and Navajo highways and routes running through the Navajo and Hopi nations as her organizing principle, the author offers a travel guide to the sites found in the area. Natural, historical, and cultural points of interest are covered, along with some information on lodging and services. 280 pp
The Fourth World of the Hopis: The Epic Story of the Hopi Indians As Preserved in Their Legends and Traditions
by Courlander, Harold
Folklorist Courlander traces Hopi legends from the tribe’s search through the wilderness for its home location to its settling on the Hopi Mesas and development thereafter. 239pp
Me and Mine: The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa
by Udall, Louise
An energetic Hopi woman emerges from a traditional family background to embrace the more conventional way of life in American today. Enchanting and enlightening—a rare piece of primary source anthropology. 262 pp

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