What Is a Hopi Shelter?

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A Hopi shelter was a multi-level adobe home used by ancestral Hopi Indians. Called a pueblo, it had a flat roof and multiple apartments on the upper level that were reached by ladders. The lowest level contained a chamber used for religious events.

Living on a plateau area in the Southwestern United States, the Hopi Indian’s ancestral home was designed to provide protection from invaders. A peaceful tribe, the Hopi were skilled artists and farmers. They crafted pottery and rugs and grew corn, squash, pumpkins, beans and various other vegetables. Hopi women took care of the home, while the men were hunters, gatherers and defenders of the home.