In recent posts, Kelly has suggested many sites to visit on and off the reservations in the northern Plains. In the Southwest, National Relief Charities works on more than 50 reservations primarily in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. For a complete list, go to our service area map and then click on the Southwest link.
Today I wanted to provide a list of historical and cultural sites you can visit on some of the Southwest reservations we serve. Be sure to revisit our July 15 post on reservation etiquette before you travel.
|Canyon de Chelly||One of the longest continuously inhabited lands of North America, with distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery, and preservation. Canyon de Chelly also sustains a living community of Navajo people, who are connected to a landscape of great historical and spiritual significance||AZ – Chinle||Navajo|
|Navajo Long Walk||True stories of inhabitants inside Canyon de Chelly and the Navajo Long Walk to “the suffering place”||AZ – Chinle||Navajo|
|White Mountain Apache Museum||Located in the Fort Apache Historic Park on tribal lands, Nohwike’ Bágowa – “House of Our Footprints” – is the place to experience Apache history and culture||AZ -Fort Apache||White Mountain Apache|
|Havasu Falls||Hike to the relaxing blue-green waterfall hidden away in the Grand Canyon, on the homeland of the Havasupai people||AZ – Grand Canyon, near Peach Springs||Havasupai|
|Colorado River Indian Tribes||Visit ruins of the “people who live beside the river.” Paintings and museums, as well as boating along the Colorado River||AZ - Parker, near CA border||Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo|
|Walatowa Visitor Center & Jemez Pueblo Musuem||Take a journey through centuries of migration, change and adaptation into the new millennium. Experience a timeless harmony and way of life largely passed, and the way of life circa World War II||NM – Jemez Pueblo||Jemez|
|Institute of American Indian Arts||Native art museum with broad scope of contemporary Indian art. Home to the College of Contemporary Native Arts||NM – Santa Fe||Many tribes represented|
|Window Rock Tribal Park & Veterans Memorial||Honors Navajo soldiers and Code Talkers who used the Navajo language to create a code that was never broken by the enemy. Historians credit the Navajo Code Talkers for helping to win World War II. Easily measures up to “The Wall” memorial in Washington, DC||NM – Window Rock||Navajo|
|A:shiwi A:wan Museum & Heritage Center||An historical perspective for all ages that spans over five centuries. Hand-painted migration story murals, emergence from the fourth underworld, and perilous journey to find the middle place||NM – Zuni||Zuni|
|Monument Valley||The Navajo people established Monument Valley as a Navajo Tribal Park in 1958. They manage and protect this treasure of towering rock formations, mesas, and monoliths||UT and AZ – Monument Valley, near Four Corners||Navajo|