It is a privilege to visit Hopi communities, especially during ceremonies, and visitors must
respect regulations. With respect, the visitor to Hopi can enjoy a rewarding experience unlike any other in
the world. Some special restrictions might not be so obvious, however, and these simple points should help
visitors avoid embarrassment:
Absolutely No Recording of any type including, but not limited to: picture-taking, video recording, audio recording, sketching, and note taking. These are strictly prohibited especially during ceremonies. Visiting Hopi is a wonderful time to use your mind and heart to record what you are privileged to see.
Be aware that there are behavioral guidelines to follow. Unless you are invited, the simplest rule is to stay out of kivas
(ceremonial rooms) and stay on the periphery of dances or processions.
Don't Touch. If you aren't sure, don't touch it. Hopi spirituality is very intertwined with daily life, and objects that seem ordinary to you might have deeper significance to the person who placed them. Shrines are placed by sincere individuals and not meant to be disturbed. If you come upon a collection of objects at Hopi and you aren't sure what to do, respect the wishes of the person who left the offerings and take your attention elsewhere.