The Havasupai Tribe and Havasu Falls
The Havasupai people, of the world-renowned Havasu Falls, have lived in the Grand Canyon for over 800 years. Of all the tribal nations affiliated with Grand Canyon, the Havasupai are the only ones who continue to live deep within the canyon today. The Havasupai consider themselves the keepers and guardians of the canyon. The name Havasupai means "people of the blue-green water," referring the pristine color of famed Havasu Falls and its surrounding pools and waterfalls.
Today the tribe, which consists of over 600 members, is governed by a democratically elected, seven-member Tribal Council. The Havasupai boast one hundred percent fluency in their native language and are one of the few tribes anywhere inhabiting their original homeland. Supai Village, only accessible by mules, helicopter, or a 10-mile hike, has everything from a lodge to a K-12 school. Today, the main occupations are farming and tourism related jobs which have made the tribe totally self-sufficient. Read the guide below to learn more.