Can I Visit the Reservations? – Southwest Rewind

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.

Site Description Location 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


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