Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park
This is another of Mary Colter’s designs, and one that’s little changed from when it was built in 1905. The Harvey Company wanted a facility in which to sell local Native American arts and crafts to the expanding market of visitors, and Mary’s Pueblo-style showroom was a perfect fit. As with others of her creations, it was constructed using traditional building techniques and indigenous materials, and built by the hands of local Hopi people - some of which lived and worked on the property after completion.
Today, Hopi House continues to offer a quality array of handmade blankets, kachinas, jewelry, pottery, folk art, sand paintings, fetishes, baskets and other finer products along with books, t-shirts and tchotchkes. Prices reflect the cost of materials and time involved in making the pieces; serious buyers will want to browse the more expensive items upstairs.
Read more about the history of Hopi House here or here.
Full of native crafts. However, I was very disappointed, after carefully selecting a beautiful inlaid turtle - in a cabinet with at sign: non-native American crafts - to turn over the turtle and see the label: Made in Indonesia. I knew it was non-native, but I was expecting an American-made item.
The turtle is still beautiful, but it certainly doesn't represent South West craftmanship!
The famous Hopi House in Grand Canyon National Park has turned 100! The historic building opened in 1905, just steps away from the edge of the canyon on the South Rim. Built with Hopi architectures, this house is a must visit even just for the pure architectural values. Designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, it became knows as the first gift store at the Grand Canyon. The house offers plenty of the finest Native American arts and crafts, anything from jewelries, rugs, potteries, to even books and postcards. You can see some of the works in the pictures that I took. The second floor gallery features Native American artwork.
Hopi House is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2005. It was originally part of the Fred Harvey company - designed by renowned architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, one of the first American architects to appreciate the utility and beauty of Native American design. Following Hopi architectural traditions, the building was constructed primarily by Hopi workmen using native stone and wood.
The building was renouvated in 1995, but this picture was taken in 1966 well before that.
What to buy: I don't think I bought anything here, but Hopi House offers a large selection of native arts and crafts such as kachinas, jewelry, handcrafted Navajo rugs and authentic pueblo pottery. The second-floor Fred Harvey Gallery has a variety of museum-quality items available for purchase. The Hopi House is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter