Greetings and Welcome! My name is Lyle Balenquah and I am from the Village of Paaqavi (Reed Springs Village), located on 3rd Mesa on the Hopi Reservation. I belong to the Dep’wungwa (Greasewood) Clan from my mother’s side, and my father is of the Rattlesnake (Tsu’wungwa) Clan.
Paa’tuuwi is the name for the area where my family’s R-Bar Ranch and corn fields are located in the North Oraibi Wash Valley. Paa’tuuwi translates as “Water-Bench” and refers to the occurrence of springs that emerge at the edge of the sandstone mesas and canyons. I owe much to this landscape in shaping my life and perspectives.
I speak from my own experiences and perspectives first. I do not claim to represent the Hopi Tribe as a formal employee. Nor do I speak for all Hopi People, which is impossible as there are over 15,000 tribal members that come from 12 villages on 3 Mesas, 30+ clans and numerous religious societies. There is much diversity amongst Hopi perspectives.
This website started out as a place to publish and archive my own writings, and I will continue to do so. You can read past and current writings here, Blog Posts. Much of my writing focuses on my current fieldwork and other endeavors I am involved in.
This website is also a place to showcase the wearable art that I create using natural turquoise, stone, shell, and other materials. You can learn more about these products & the creative process here, The Turquoise Trail
Through this website I offer one Indigenous perspective on various topics of Archaeology, Outdoor Recreation, Public Education and other topics related to Indigenous culture. You can read more about my professional endeavors here, Field Experience
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All photos, images, graphics are taken, owned or created by me, unless otherwise noted.