Hualapai Man


Mitchell and Baer, Photographers, Prescott, Arizona Unknown inw1904pa.jpg IN-W-1904 B&W 1511-1904.-0001 inw1904pa Stereograph Print 3.5x7.5 Historic Photographs 20210414 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives


Hualapai man hunting with a bow and arrow. The reservation is rich in hunting for desert bighorn sheep, elk, antelope, and mountain lion.

Hualapai means People of the Tall Pines. They are related to the Pai Yuman which includes the Havasupai and Yavapai. Archeological evidence shows they may have lived near present day Hoover Dam as early as 600 CE (common era) and later moved east along the Colorado River to their present home 50 miles west of Grand Canyon Village. The Hualapai have handed down many stories connecting their history and culture to the Grand Canyon landscape.

The Hualapi were hunter/gatherers but also practiced farming.  They were part of a vast trading network with Navajos, Hopi, Paiutes, Utes and Mohave. Traditional dwellings were conical houses formed from cedar boughs called a Wikiup.

Although today they live on separate reservations and although the federal government recognizes them as two separate tribes, the Hualapai and Havasupai are ethnically one people and still intermingle.

Today many tribal members rely on the tourism economy, though cattle ranching, timber sales, and arts and crafts still produce some income.

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