Piutki, Arizona

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In Tony Hillerman’s novel, The Dark Wind, Piutki appears to be a small community located on the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeastern Arizona. There is, however, no indication that such a place actually exists. It seems that Hillerman used the name of an ancient Hopi village to create a fictional place that would serve the novel's plot without directly referencing a real location, as to avoid infringing on the Hopi people's privacy and traditions.

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"Ancient Hopi Village, First Mesa, AZ, c. 1970" by Environmental Protection Agency is licensed under Public Domain.

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