Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park

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Hopi House is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, within Grand Canyon National Park in the U.S. state of Arizona. Built in 1904 as concessioner facilities at the South Rim were being developed, it is the first of eight projects at the Grand Canyon that were designed by architect Mary Colter, along with Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, Phantom Ranch, Desert View Watchtower, Colter Hall and Victor Hall, (the latter two being employee dormitories). Hopi House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as a market for Native American crafts, made by artisans on the site. The Hopi, as the historic inhabitants of the area, were chosen as the featured artisans, and the building was designed to closely resemble a traditional Hopi pueblo. Hopi House opened on January 1, 1905, two weeks before the El Tovar Hotel, located just to the west, was opened.DesignMary Colter had worked on a number of projects for the Fred Harvey Company, principally as an architect and interior designer. She was particularly successful in a similar project, the Indian Building at the Fred Harvey Company's Alvarado Hotel (now demolished) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Colter planned Hopi House as a sort of living museum, in which Hopi Indians could live while making and selling traditional crafts. The structure was based on Colter's interpretation of the Hopi dwelling at Oraibi, Arizona. The ethnohistorically-correct structure was at the time of its construction the first introduction for many park visitors to the architecture and life of the native peoples of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. A variety of interior spaces provide museum, sales and demonstration space.
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  • I was really interested in finding authentic Native American artefacts and gifts and Hopi House didn’t disappoint. The range was broad from jewellery to clay figurines to books and art work. The staff...  more »
  • Most of what is here is meant to remove as many tourist dollars from tourist pockets as possible. Everything is grossly over-priced. Having said all that, there is no harm to looking at everything. So...  more »
  • You could feel like made of native people took photos in the building itself is also good accessories and souvenirs. It is fun just to look at things.
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  • It was a really great place, I just wish they had more historical items as opposed to being such a tourist store that it's turned into. Also I was really bummed about the few sections that were off-limits I at least wish they were photographs of those sections that were off-limits so we could really have a detailed scope of what they look like
  • If you are around, just spend 15 - 20 minutes inside this Hopi house. Definitely hard to find a parking spot because there is a museum, a viewpoint and a restaurant around which pulls a lot a people . The handicrafts by the Native Americans are beautiful. They are worth having a look and surely to buy some as a gift or for your home. Most of the items were very expensive. I am surely gonna come back here in future and buy something.
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  • Nice museum and gift shop.
  • Wonderful Hopi house has beautiful works of art for sale and in gallery from Hopi, Ute, Navajo and other tribes. Very awe inspiring history. Great gift shop for bringing back gifts for family, friends, or even yourself! Most of the price of pottery is defined by if it was actually Native made or imported from non natives. I personally bough a beautiful Navajo vase.
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