Moencopi


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Photo of the Hopi village of Moencopi.

This village is 40 miles to the west of the Hopi mesas.  Moencopi Village, variant spelling is Moenkopi, or, in Hopi, Munqapi, meaning Running Water, the name is appropriate for this Indian community which does dry farming on slopes and get water from springs. 

The Upper Village of Moencopi is located at the western gateway to Hopi adjacent to the Navajo community of Tuba City.  Chief Tuuvi of Oraibi founded Moencopi in the 1870s as a summer farming area, irrigated from nearby springs.  Moencopi is divided into two sections, Upper Moencopi and Lower Moencopi.

NOTE: Sharlot Hall Museum Research Center has more Hopi photographs; however these are restricted and can only be viewed by approval from the Hopi Cultural Center (email: info@hopiculturalcenter.com or telephone 928-734-2401).

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