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WALPI VILLAGE

The heritage preservation of the Walpi Village

WALPI VILLAGE
First Mesa, Arizona, United States
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BACKGROUND

Perched on a narrow finger of First Mesa in the heart of the Hopi Nation in northwest Arizona, Walpi is the mother village of eleven surrounding Hopi settlements. Originally established in the thirteenth century at the base of the mesa, Walpi was moved to its current location as a defensive measure after the Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish in 1680. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Following its inclusion on the 2012 Watch, WMF and the Walpi community organized two heritage workdays to draw attention to the basic maintenance practices required to keep the site in good condition. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Walpi Village is a vital community embodying unique the traditional Hopi way of life. The village has retained its historical integrity, avoiding the introduction of running water and electricity. Some buildings in the village border steep cliffs and finding a way to preserve and reinforce them is necessary for the safety of the village. (...)

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SPOTLIGHT

World Monuments Watch Day

Watch Day at Walpi took place on October 6, 2012, with a community work day, or “naya.” Village members, including elders and youth, came together to plaster and repair the walls of homes located on Walpi’s plaza, and to clean up the base of the mesa. A feast was prepared at the end of the day.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video