The Hualapai, meaning “People of The Tall Pines,” are native people of the Southwest. Traditionally, hunter-gatherers, they inhabited an area of more than 5 million acres. Their homeland stretched from the Grand Canyon southward to the Santa Maria River and from the Black Mountains eastward to the pine forests of the San Francisco peaks. Today, the Hualapai American Indian Reservation, created in 1883, is nearly 1,000,000 acres that includes 108 miles of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. There are approximately 2,100 enrolled members of the Hualapai Tribe and nearly half live in Peach Springs, the capital of the Hualapai Nation, on Historic Route 66. Years of social and economic hardship led Hualapai Leaders to take measures that would lead to an independent future for the generations to come. As a result, the Hualapai decided to open their land to visitors in 1988, creating Grand Canyon West as a tourism destination. Currently, multiple improvements – including a “Boys and Girls Club” facility, a “Head Start” facility and a Social Services building – have been built in Peach Springs. Many more projects are planned for the future, all made possible by Hualapai Tourism.
The Great Spirit created Man and Woman in his own image. In doing so, both were created as equals. Both depending on each other in order to survive. Great respect was shown for each other, in doing so, happiness and contentment was achieved them as it should be now.
The connecting of the Hair makes them one person; for happiness or contentment cannot be achieved without each other.
The Canyons are represented by the purples in the middle ground, where the people were created. These canyons are Sacred, and should be so treated at all times.
The Reservation is pictured to represent the land that is ours, treat it well.
The Sun is the symbol of life, without it nothing is possible – plants don’t grow – there will be no life – nothing. The Sun also represents the dawn of the Hualapai people. Through hard work, determination and education, everything is possible and we are assured bigger and brighter days ahead.
The Tracks in the middle represent the coyote and other animals which were here before us.
The Green around the symbol are pine trees, representing our name Hualapai – PEOPLE OF THE TALL PINES.