Hualapai tribe and the Skywalk

Hualapai tribe and the Skywalk

Grand Canyon Skywalk is an important step to the future for the Hualapai Tribe. It is also very important that the visitors respect their past, customs and the land which they call Home.

It is said that the Hualapai people live in these lands since the creation of the world. They are a nomad tribe which has migrated through the years from Colorado River down to Wikieup, AZ to the South and towards Flagstaff to the East. This area covers more than 24 thousand square kilometers. In the 19th century, the tribes numbers considerably decrease due to wars and disease. Their lands are overtaken by Caucasian settlers and Hualapai are forced to live in a reservation. The Hualapai Reservation is created in 1883 and is spread on an area of 4 thousand square kilometers and it reaches the South end of the canyon.

In the 1950’s the tribes members try to do different types business. Special attention is paid to Colorado River rafting and development of the tourism in the West rim of the canyon. The Hualapai tribe does not have options for business as other Indian tribes. They take advantage of the surrounding in their own way and preserve the delicate balance between the nature and the development of their nation. Hualapai hope that this balance will continue to be preserved with the building of the horseshoe-shaped glass walkway which will be hanging above the canyon. The key to this lays in the beams that hold the Skywalk.