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Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn Questions & Answers

Mount Shasta, California, United States

Are there any campgrounds nearby? Is there a schedule of ceremonies or dances which non-Hopi people are allowed to attend? If so how can we get one?

Thank you,

John Brennan

Esselen

Mt. Shasta, CA

over a year ago Answer

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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You can always find a good room and a good restaurant at the Hopi Cultural Center.

Hans

over a year ago
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You can also find a good Inn and restaurant at Hopi Cultural Center.

over a year ago
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There may be camping in Tuba City/Moenkopi, but I've never seen anyone camping, per se, at the Hopi Cultural Center.

As for the dancing and cultural events, I have to agree - there are no advance schedules available for the public for dances up on the mesas. Usually, if you ask around, folks will tell you what village is holding a dance, if any, during your stay.

Keep in mind that these are Hopi ceremonies, not cultural events hosted for tourists, so no photography, no video, no loud cell phones, quiet comments, and be respectful of the hosting village and those in the ceremony.

It may seem like the Hopi audience are ignoring those rules sometimes, as some will be talking through the ceremony at different times, but keep in mind it is often their family members, clan members, and friends who are participating in the ceremony taking place. You're the guest, so it is important to be a good guest.

If you want a real different experience, check out the Hopi Arts Trail before you go. It's online and features traditional and non-traditional Hopi artists whom you can visit at their studio. They're great folks and if you go, bring some cash to support their work. Often they're the ones passing down traditional art forms to the Hopi youth, so the more encouragement and support they receive, the better.

Enjoy your visit to Hopi!

over a year ago
Tuba City, Arizona
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usually theres camping grounds on the left side of the cultural center no fees. for the ceremonies.. i believe majority of the hopi ceremonies passed already. the best time to catch a ceremony is during march to july thats when they do the butterfly, bean, snake, and rain dances, ask a local about being invited. you cant just invite yourself. :)

over a year ago
Greenville, South Carolina
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As far as I know it is still permissible to park over night in the parking lot at the Hopi Cultural Central. But it is not really a campground. I have know Hopi who live off the rez to put up a small tent out there. There are restaurants associated with the restaurant at the Cultural Center but they may not be open all night.

There are definitely no public dance schedules or for that matter no non-public ones either. Katsinas come when they are ready and even non-katsina dances are not predictable except in a broad seasonal way. Sometimes some of the craft shops hear things ahead of time and can tell you something. There are some villages that always have open dances others are nearly always closed. It does seem that holiday week-ends (Labor Day, Father's Day) are becoming popular for dances, but that is no guarantee. Decisions are usually made pretty much at the last minute.

over a year ago
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My husband is part Hopi and part Navajo. From what I was told white people are not allowed to attend because they are sacred. Now the Navajo is directly the opposite. Regardless I love the culture with both.

over a year ago
Sedona, Arizona
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I am not aware of any campgrounds in the area. Most Hopi dances are closed to the public, or by invitation from a tribal member. The cultural center may be able to provide more information.

over a year ago
Sedona, Arizona
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I am not aware of any campgrounds in the area. Most Hopi dances are closed to the public, or by invitation from a tribal member. The cultural center may be able to provide more information.

over a year ago
tucson az
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to my knowledge there are no public campgrounds on the hopi reservation.

I would call the hotel there (run by the hopis ) and ask re ceremonies. many are closed to the public. also they can give you some names of hopi guides.

it is only an hrs drive to winslow, so if you did not want to stay in the reservation hotel, you could stay in winslow.

over a year ago
Boston, MA
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We were just there and did not see any tents -- I would check with the Hopi Cultural Center directly. (The rules might be different for Hopi and non-Hopi).

On the dance schedule, again, it is worth checking with the HCC. I don't think that there is a schedule, but note that most public dances occur over the weekend. If you know when you are coming, the desk might be able to tell you if there is an event.

over a year ago
Mount Shasta, California, United States
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Thanks very much. One of my first lessons with Indigenous cultures was in 1990 when I learned to be flexible and patient. Glad to see that hasn't changed.

Polomo

over a year ago
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