The Havasupai (also known as Havasu ‘Baaja), which is considered a quiet and peaceful tribe, lives peacefully in the canyon where they thrive on an economy based primarily around tourism. The tribe once roamed freely in the canyons, traveling, hunting, gathering, and growing crops until their confinement to one area in 1882. Although they do not speak much, the Havasupais have been well known for their hospitality and friendliness. Visitors to the reservation are asked to respect members by not asking too many questions and instead, referring to tour guides to better assist in information.
The Havasupai people thrive off the land they call home both spiritually and culturally. The tribe is related to the Yuman but is speculated to be either a direct descendant of the Hualapai. Other sources point their ancestry being from the prehistoric Cohonians. The Havasupai has used a dialect of Upland Yuman; a member of the Hokan-Siouan family; for hundreds of years. Two towering walls at the entrance of the reservation are said to protect the tribe but one legend has says that should the towers fall across the canyon, the reservation would be destroyed and cease to exist. Another legend indicates the two towers are male and female guardian spirits watching over the tribe.
The Havasupais consider themselves to be a proud and resourceful people yet their social structure tends to be more individualist in nature rather than focused on the tribe itself. Family though, is a main unit of the social environment.