First Mesa, Arizona

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The Hopi Indian Reservation, which is located within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation Reservation in Northern Arizona, spreads over three mesas that are part of a much larger rock formation known as Black Mesa. The three mesas, or Hopi regions, are home to the 12 Hopi villages. First Mesa consolidates the oldest Hopi settlement, Walpi (dating back to 900 A.D.), and the later settlements of Sichomovi and Tewa.

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"Hopi Indian pueblo of Walapi (or Walpai) on mesa, c.1901" by C.C. Pierce, USC Libraries Special Collections is licensed under Public Domain.

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