Polacca, Arizona

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Polacca, Arizona
Unincorporated community
Polacca, Arizona is located in Arizona
Polacca, Arizona
Polacca, Arizona
Coordinates: 35°50′12″N 110°22′53″W / 35.83667°N 110.38139°W / 35.83667; -110.38139Coordinates: 35°50′12″N 110°22′53″W / 35.83667°N 110.38139°W / 35.83667; -110.38139
Country United States
State Arizona
County Navajo
Tribal reservation Hopi-Tewa Reservation
Elevation 5,810 ft (1,770 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
ZIP code 86042
Area code(s) 928
GNIS feature ID 9616[1]

Polacca is an unincorporated community in Navajo County, of northeastern Arizona. It is located on the Hopi-Tewa Reservation.


Polacca is located along Arizona State Route 264 7.5 miles (12.1 km) northeast of the Hopi Second Mesa. Polacca has a post office with ZIP code 86042.[2]

Bridge near Polacca (1940s)
Pollacca Dam below junction of Wepo and Polacca washes (1950s).
Camp in Polacca Canyon (1950s).

History and culture[edit]

The community is named for Tewa artist—potter Thomas Polacca (1935—2003). He was the grandson of the renowned Hopi potter Nampeyo (d. 1942), from the Tewa pueblo on the Hopi First Mesa.[1] His work developed a deep carved polychrome-ware style. It is in the permanent collection of the Heard Museum.[3][4]

The Polacca Head Start Center is active in the revitalization of the Hopi language. Its Shooting Stars Hopi Lavayi Radio Project broadcasts for students in the First Mesa Dialect are carried on KUYI, 88.1 FM.[5]

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