Second Mesa, Arizona
The Hopis are believed to be descendants of a farming people who first settled in the Southwest some 1,500 to 1,600 years ago. Today the Hopi villages, a fascinating mixture of modern technology and ancient architecture, are centered on three towering desert mesas.
The Hopi Cultural Center at Second Mesa has a museum that also serves as an informal visitors center for the entire reservation. The displays recount the tribe’s long history, from the earliest times through the Navajo, Spanish, and American invasions of its homeland.
One of the most popular exhibits concerns the kachinas, deities central to the Hopi religion. Exquisite craft displays include examples of Hopi bridal clothes and finely wrought jewelry pieces, pottery, and basketry. Both the museum and the nearby Hopi Arts and Crafts Guild offer opportunities to observe various craftsmen at work.
–Museum open daily, but schedule may be erratic from Nov.–Jan. Admission charged.