A Portrait Of A Hopi Girl On A Reservation In Arizona, 1901
A Portrait Of A Hopi Girl On A Reservation In Arizona, 1901
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A Portrait Of A Hopi Girl On A Reservation In Arizona, 1901

The Hopi tribe of Native Americans believes that their hamlet at Oraibi, Arizona, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country.

The girl has two side arrangements in her hair that resemble loops of hair rather than buns. The hair is wrapped around a wooden hair bow in the shape of a U after being parted in the middle. Next, the hair is spread out into two semicircles, tied in the middle, and wrapped in a figure-eight pattern. This is a classic Hopi tribal hairstyle for single women, known as a squash blossom whorl. It also served as the model for Princess Leia's hairstyle in George Lucas's 1977 film Star Wars.

The Hopi tribe of Native Americans believes that their hamlet at Oraibi, Arizona, is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in the country. They see themselves as the first occupants of America. Their presence in the Southwest region of the country for thousands of years has been verified by archaeological relics.

The majority of the Hopi people are farmers; they cultivate corn, beans, pumpkins, sunflowers, cotton and squash. They primarily reside on a 2,500-square-mile reserve in Arizona these days.


The Hopi tribe has strong animistic beliefs and is also quite spiritual. Because they consider themselves to be the earth's custodians, the Hopis preserve a connection to the centre of the planet through their ceremonial and spiritual practices. They think that if their ceremonial cycle is performed well, the gods will be placated, the world will remain in balance, and rain will fall.

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