Animation of the Hopi Salt Trail
Hopi Petroglyph Sites InformationSince time immemorial the Hopi people have lived in Hopituskwa, Hopi land, as peaceful and humble farmers respectful of the land and its resources. The Hopi today are a vibrant population of more than 10,000 who still occupy their ancestral villages, some of which were founded up to 900 years ago, making them the oldest occupied places in North America. Hopi people continue to speak the Hopi language and practice traditional weaving, pottery, and basketry arts.
Tutuveni and Dawa Park are Hopi petroglyph sites; together, they display more than two thousand years of Hopi history and culture. Petroglyphs are images pecked into the dark desert varnish of a boulder, revealing the light color beneath the surface. At Tutuveni each petroglyph is the symbol of a Hopi clan, a group of people affiliated to a totem like the Bear, Snake, or Spider. Hopi men would peck their clan symbols at Tutuveni to mark their participation in a pilgrimage to Ongtuvqa, the Grand Canyon. Across five centuries of pilgrimages the surfaces of rocks at Tutuveni have been completely covered with these clan marks. The petroglyphs at Dawa Park are even more ancient, dating to the Basketmaker peoples who lived more than two thousand years ago, featuring life-size human figures, stylized animals, and geometric designs.