Hopi 'cultural tourism' discussed in Winslow

Sipaulovi Development Corporation projects outlined

WINSLOW, Ariz. - The historic Hubble Building was the site of an hour-long talk and video by Susan Secakuku. The talk, held Jan. 20, was sponsored by the Homolovi Archaeological Society of Winslow.

Secakuku explained that the Sipaulovi Development Corporation was formed eight years ago to develop cultural tourism and promote better visitor relationships. Sipaulovi Village currently has walking tours available by appointment. The tour lasts one hour and covers both levels of the village. There is a fee associated with the tour. Sunset, Sunrise and custom tours are available.

During the tour, visitors can go to the home of the Sun Forehead Clan and the Bear Clan. Both of the clans were founders of Sipaulovi Village 300 years ago. The guides will explain about those who first danced in the village plaza to encourage rain, which is essential for the growth of the crops cultivated by Hopi at the mesa base. Harvested crops will be used all year long by the villagers for sustenance. Some small part of the crops will be used in various rituals as well.

The tour also points out Hopi sacred mountains, landmarks of migration from Homolovi, other villages, schools, and hospitals.

A major project getting under way is the creation of a 15-acre visitor center at the intersection of Highway 264 and the east side of the road, north to Sipaulovi Village. The plan was started three years ago and is presently awaiting approval of the Environmental Impact Statement. Upon approval, development can continue. The site will include a visitor center, gas station, convenience store, apartment complex for employees, video rental, art and crafts store and an amphitheater. For more information about tours or the proposed visitor center, contact the Sipaulovi Development Corporation at (928) 737-5426 or e-mail hsvt@hopitelecom.net.

The corporation is partnering with Homolovi Village State Park, located on Route 87 just north of Interstate 40. The Homolovi Architectural Society, based in Winslow is also partnered with Homolovi Park. The Homolovi Architectural Society of Winslow is a division of the Arizona Archaeological Society (www.azarchsoc.org). Membership is $35 per year. The Homolovi Archaeological Chapter is accepting applications. For more information, visit www.homolovi.com.

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