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10/2/2012 9:26:00 AM
Hopis celebrate grand opening of Hopi Visitor Information Center
Celebration includes ribbon cutting, dancers and artisans
Hopi Cultural Center General Manager Darren Tungovia welcomes everyone in attendance. Also pictured is VIC staff Carliss Sinquah and Dorothy Ami, and Miss Hopi Jacqueline Poleahla. Photo courtesy Jason Bird, HTEDC
Hopi Cultural Center General Manager Darren Tungovia welcomes everyone in attendance. Also pictured is VIC staff Carliss Sinquah and Dorothy Ami, and Miss Hopi Jacqueline Poleahla. Photo courtesy Jason Bird, HTEDC
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SECOND MESA, Ariz. - The Hopi Cultural Center, a subsidiary of the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC), held a grand opening for the Visitor Information Center (VIC) on Hopi's Second Mesa. The VIC is a project of the Hopi Cultural Center and the HTEDC, with generous contributions from the Hopi Tribe and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 14. The ribbon cutting took place following a short prayer. Accompanying the ribbon cutting, two dance groups performed traditional Hopi social dances, and the courtyard was filled with artisans demonstrating parched corn, pottery, basket-weaving, carving and jewelry making.

Being centrally located on Hopi's second mesa along State Highway 264, the Hopi Cultural Center provides a strategic point of interest for tour groups, families and visitors to Hopi. The 34-room motel, full-service restaurant, arts and crafts shops, as well as tour operators on site provide the perfect origination point for visitors looking to visit Hopi. Working with local tour operators and villages, the Hopi Cultural Center's concierge can assist visitors with planning their trip; scheduling a tour package with a room, meals, tours and more.

The VIC includes historic photos, a timeline representing the relationship between Hopi people and western civilization from pre-contact to current time and pottery recovered from ancient sites; also for display are examples of Hopi crafts, wares, attire and household items. The VIC features a vintage DVD presentation of the relationship of Hopi with the land and water, and how they perform their dry farming techniques. The purpose of the VIC is to give visitors a glimpse of Hopi culture.

Call (928) 734-0044 for more information on the Hopi experience, culture and tour planning and preparations.


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