National Geographic : 1957 Aug
224 Frederick I. Monsen Walpi, a Skytop Hopi Fortress, Surveys the Arizona Desert Visitors love Walpi's castled setting, twisting lanes, and ancient look. Founded in the valley before 1400, it was moved to the mesatop after 1680. There stone houses merge with the cliff's solid rock. Ladder on left descends into a kiva like the one visited by the author. Poles on right rise to a second-story balcony. Mushroom like column in foreground is a natural shrine. A solitary Hopi in moccasins and slacks enters the ritual plaza, site of dances. He tends his corn and bean fields, not on the mesa, but on the desert below. Little has changed at Walpi since this picture was made in the early 1900's, or, for that matter, since Spanish colonial days.