On July 25 I posted a list of Southwest reservation sites you can visit to learn about tribal cultures and history. Today I’m adding more sites but first I hope you enjoy this video of Havasu Falls on the Havasupai Reservation.
And now, here are some more sites that relate to Southwest Indian history and culture but that are located off-reservation.
|San Carlos Apache Cultural Center||A window on Apache culture and history, through their viewpoint. A true opportunity to meet community “Mountain People” and descendants of the ancients – Nde “The People” – in person||AZ – Peridot||San Carlos Apache|
|Heard Museum||Native art, films, and events. Extensive research library on indigenous art and cultures and over 25,000 Native artists||AZ – Phoenix||Many Southwestern tribes|
|Navajo Interactive Museum||A window on Navajo society, accomplishments, and historic contributions, through their viewpoint. Created by Navajo scholars, museum professionals, and the Navajo artistic community. On-site demonstrations are available||AZ – Tuba City||Navajo|
|Arizona State Museum||Home to many tribes, this museum has origins, histories, and contemporary life of 10 Native cultures, as well as exhibits on Pueblo ruins, cliff dwellings, and pottery||AZ – Tucson||Yaqui, O’odham, Hopi, Apache, Navajo, and more|
|Chiracahua Regional Museum||Artifacts and exhibits of the Chiricahua Apache Indians, Chief Cochise, and Geronimo||AZ – Wilcox||Chiricahua Apache|
|Grand Canyon National Park||Inhabited by the Supai tribe at the canyon base for hundreds of years. Neighbored by the Hualapai, a sister tribe||AZ – Kingman or Peach Springs||Havasupai|
|Mojave Museum of History & Arts||Preserving the history of southwestern AZ culture and “The Forgotten Ones”||AZ – Kingman||Mohave, Chemehuevi, Paiute & Havasupai|
|Indian Pueblo Cultural Center||Learn about the Emergence stories of the Pueblos, established prior to arrival of the Conquistadors, and contemporary pueblos of today. Enjoy films, art, and traditional food in the onsite restaurant||NM – Albuquerque||19 Pueblos|
|Museum of Turquoise||World’s largest collection of turquoise from 60 mines. Located in “Old Town” and featured by “Smithsonian Magazine” and “60 Minutes” as a find||NM – Albuquerque||Many tribes throughout the U.S.|
|Veterans Memorial Park||Walk of Honor commemorates veterans and includes the names of the original 29 Navajo code talkers. Also access to a local trail which overlooks Las Cruces||NM – Las Cruces||Navajo|
|Gila Cliff Dwellings||A national monument to the Mogollon people who lived here over 700 years ago. Geronimo said he was born at the headwaters of the Gila River||NM – Silver City||Eastern Band of Chiricahua Apache|
|Natural Bridges||Structures repeatedly occupied and abandoned from 7000 BC to 500 AD by ancestral Puebloans. This deep sandstone canyon has 3 natural bridges formed by canyon waters and named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu” in honor of the Native Americans who made this their home||UT – near Blanding||Ancestral Puebloans. Also Navajo & Paiute|
|Arches National Park||About 10,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age, hunter-gatherers migrated here. Rock inscriptions, pottery and other artifacts clearly demonstrate the existence of different tribes in the region||UT – Moab||Ancestral Puebloan & Fremont. Also Shoshonian peoples such as Ute & Paiute|
|Hovenweep National Monument||Preserving six prehistoric, Puebloan structures built between 1200 and 1300 AD, Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character||UT and CO – near Cortez||Ancestral Puebloans|