OUR HOSTS IN THE CANYON.
The Hualapai (pronounced Wal-lah-pie) Tribe, traditionally hunter-gatherers, are native people of the Southwest and have called the Grand Canyon home for countless generations. The name Hualapai, meaning people of the tall pines is derived from hwa:l, their word for ponderosa pine.
Traditional Hualapai dress consists of full suits of deerskin and rabbit skin robes. Conical houses formed from cedar boughs using the single slope form called a Wikiup are the traditional Hualapai housing.
THE GREAT SEAL
The Great Spirit created man and woman in his own image. In doing so, both were created as equals and dependent on each other in order to survive. Great respect was shown for each other; in doing so, happiness and contentment was achieved.
The connecting of the hair makes them one person, as happiness cannot be achieved without each other.
The canyons, where the people were created, are represented by the purple in the middle ground. These canyons are sacred and should be so treated at all times.
The reservation is pictured to represent the land that is ours. The reservation is our heritage and the heritage of our children yet unborn. Be good to our land and it will continue to be good to us.
The sun is the symbol of life; without it nothing is possible—plants won’t grow —there will be no life. The sun also represents the dawn of the Hualapai people. Through hard work, determination, and education, everything is possible.
The tracks in the middle represent the coyote and other animals which were here before us.
The green symbolizes pine trees, representing us, Hualapai— PEOPLE OF THE TALL PINES
The Hualapai Indian Reservation, created in 1883, encompasses about one million acres along 108 miles of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Occupying part of three northern Arizona counties: Coconino, Yavapai, and Mohave, the reservation’s topography varies from rolling grassland, to thick forests, to rugged canyons. Elevations range from 1,500 feet at the Colorado River, to over 7,300 feet at the highest point of the Aubrey Cliffs.
In 1988, the Hualapai opened their lands to visitors, creating Grand Canyon West as a tourist destination. Today they welcome more than a million guests each year to experience the majesty of their home.
Since 1988, we have been proud to partner with the Hualapai Nation, the longest standing partnership of any helicopter tour operator. Because of the exceptional hospitality of the Hualapai, we are able to fly and land inside the Grand Canyon. Their reservation is the only place in the entire 277 miles of the canyon that landing is allowed.
We are extremely thankful for our partnership with the Hualapai Nation and the Grand Canyon Resort Corporation. We share their great appreciation and admiration for one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world. We look forward to many more years together providing remarkable experiences for visitors.