People and Cultures of the Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau has been continuously inhabited by native people of the Americas for approximately 12,000 years. The early people of the Plateau gathered wild plants and hunted game animals. Many took up farming maize, beans, and squash several thousand years ago.

Today, the native peoples of the Colorado Plateau include the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, Hualapai, Havasupai, Ute, Apache, and Southern Paiute. Each tribe has a distinct history, culture, and language.

The Museum of Northern Arizona invites you to explore the history of these native cultures and their lives today:

Hopi

Navajo

Zuni

Hualapai

Havasupai

Ute

Apache

Southern Paiute