Hualapai

Hualapai

The Hualapai (also spelled Walapai) are a tribe of Native Americans who live in the mountains of northwestern Arizona, United States. The name is derived from "hwal," the Yuman word for pine, "Hualapai" meaning "people of the tall pine". Their traditional territory is a 100 mile (160 km) stretch along the pine-clad southern side of the Grand Canyon with the tribal capital located at Peach Springs.

The Reservation

The community is governed by the Hualapai Tribal Council which includes a chairperson, vice-chairperson, and seven other council members. Law enforcement is provided by the Hualapai Nation Tribal Police Department which came into existence in 2002. The department consists of a Chief Of Police, Deputy Chief, Criminal Invesigator and 11 sworn, Arizona state certified Patrol Officers. Fire protection is provided by the BIA and the local volunteer fire department. Alcoholism and obesity are major problems among many Native American people, so there are community-wide anti-drug and anti-alcohol efforts.

Average temperature and precipitation

Month Daily max Daily min Precipitation
January 50.5 F (10.3 C) 20.6 F (-6.3 C) 0.87 in (22 mm)
February 1.01 in (26 mm)
March 1.07 in (27 mm)
April 69.5 F (20.8 C) 31.6 F (-0.2 C) 0.62 in (16 mm)
May 0.29 in (7 mm)
June 0.24 in (6 mm)
July 90.8 F (32.7 C) 54.7 F (12.6 C) 1.48 in (38 mm)
August 1.87 in (47 mm)
September 1.05 in (27 mm)
October 73.5 F (23.1 C) 36.1 F (2.3 C) 0.64 in (16 mm)
November 0.73 in (19 mm)
December 0.97 in (25 mm)
Year 71.07 F (21.7 C) 35.7 F (2.1 C) 10.84 in (275 mm)

Further reading

  • Billingsley, G.H. et al. (1999). Breccia-pipe and geologic map of the southwestern part of the Hualapai Indian Reservation and vicinity, Arizona [Miscellaneous Investigations Series; Map I-2554]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
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