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Arizona

Plan Your Visit – Canyon de Chelly National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

WHEN WE REOPEN, PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE NAVAJO NATION We hope you enjoy your visit to Canyon de Chelly National Monument when it’s safe to do so! The park is located in Chinle, Arizona, and is entirely on Navajo tribal lands with families living in the canyon.

Antelope Canyon

Slot canyons are magical crevasses in rock, split and polished by water and time, a favorite subject of photographers. Guided jeep and photo tours are available from Page, Arizona.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site

The trader John Lorenzo Hubbell introduced rug patterns popular on the East Coast (imported from China and Persia) and locals began weaving them to create the distinctive regional style of Ganado. Today, the trading post looks as it did a century ago, stocked with excellent rugs for sale. Weaving demonstrations also done.

Located 36 miles south of Chinle, AZ (Canyon de Chelly).

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

The squeaky wooden floor greets your entry into the oldest operating Trading Post on the Navajo Nation. When your eyes adjust to the dim light in the “bullpen” you find you’ve just entered a mercantile. Hubbell Trading Post has been serving Ganado selling goods and Native American Art since 1878.

Kaibab Paiute Reservation

Established around the perimeters of Pipe Spring, Kaibab Paiute Indian Reservation is currently home to about 300 people. The Paiutes had been a hunter gather society that moved among springs and seasonal water sources. When Mormon settlers and other Anglos took over most of the available land and water, surviving Paiutes became dependent on them for food and supplies. The tribe had less than 100 people by the 1900s. Contemporary Paiutes cater to tourists and other passersby for tribal income.

Visitors Welcome on Hopi Arts Trail

Upper Moenkopi, AZ –  Hopi artists are renowned for their distinctive silverwork, basketry, pottery, and their unique Katsina Doll carvings.  Artists and galleries across the Hopi mesas are now welcoming the world to come visit Hopi Land, and get to know more about their art and culture by traveling on the Hopi Arts Trail.  The Hopi Arts Trail is a cooperative effort of Hopi owned galleries, Hopi artists, and Hopi guides in the villages across the Hopi reservation.  There are approximately a dozen galleries across Hopi, most of which are family-owned by the artists.

The Hopi people have lived in villages on First, Second, and Third Mesas in northeastern Arizona for over a thousand years. Their culture and way of life is one of the most uniquely preserved cultures in the nation.  While language custom and tradition are similar across the mesas, each region has features that are unique from one another.

Second Mesa artist and gallery owner Roy Talahaftewa says, “It has been rewarding to see artists and galleries join the Arts Trail.  Many of us travel to distant cities to attend art shows and other events but it is much more rewarding to have visitors come to Hopi where they can learn about our culture and see our beautiful land.”  Certified Hopi Guide and award winning sculptor Evelyn Fredericks says, “First time visitors are sometimes intimidated because our land and villages are so different from mainstream communities.  The Hopi Arts Trail will show the world how welcoming Hopi are.  We hope visitors come to spend more than a day, take a tour, and become collectors of the art they discover.”

Hopi artists are among the most accomplished in the world.  In Hopi, there are four primary art forms:  Pottery, Carving, Basketry/Weaving, and Silversmithing/Jewelry.  The artists have all learned from mentors, whom are usually family members. This tradition of mentoring continues today. Artists from all of the villages across the Hopi mesas carve Katsina Dolls, but the other art forms are the specialty of particular villages on First, Second, and Third Mesas.  Hopi artists also find expression in painting, sculpture, glass making, photography, and other contemporary art forms to make uniquely Hopi interpretations of their world. As with other artists, their art is ever changing and evolving but always recognizably Hopi.hweaversmall

Iva Honyestewa, Weaver

BASKETRY/WEAVING Hopi baskets are derived from techniques that can be traced back for thousands of years.  Hopi artists produce plaques, bowls, and trays for ceremonial use as well as for sale.  Artists from Third Mesa are particularly known for their wicker style of basketry.

CARVING / KATSINAS These carvings are called “dolls,” but they are actually three-dimensional representations of the Katsinas who visit the villages for religious and ceremonial reasons.  They are carved from cottonwood root and typically painted with bright colors. These dolls have been used for many generations to teach the Hopi children about their religion and culture.

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POTTERY The design and artistic decoration of Hopi pottery has evolved over the centuries. Hopi pottery is made with the “coil and scrape” technique, with clay that is hand dug on Hopi land. Designs are painted in natural pigments with a yucca leaf brush, and the pots are fired in open pits with sheep dung and cedar as fuel. Most Hopi pottery comes from artists on First Mesa.

JEWELRY & SILVERWORK The most widely known silver work is the process of silver overlay, which was developed by Hopi artists after World War II.  The artist cuts a design from one flat piece of silver, then fuses that piece to a darker, oxidized one that is scored or incised to produce a fine texture. The upper piece is then polished or buffed, giving the art unique Hopi character. Silver is predominantly produced in the villages of Second and Third Mesas.

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Traveling across Hopi is easy – simply follow Arizona State highway 264 which connects the Upper Village of Moenkopi at the Western Gateway to Hopi with the other villages.  You will travel through some of the most open and pristine land in the American west. The Hopi villages are “living” villages – the original homes are still intact and have been continuously occupied for centuries. When visitors enter the villages they are entering into the current lifestyle of the people in the villages.

The Hopi Arts Trail was conceived by the Upper Moenkopi Village to enhance opportunity for all Hopi.  The Upper Village of Moenkopi is the Western Gateway to Hopi situated across from the Navajo community of Tuba City midway between the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley.  The Village of Moenkopi opened the Moenkopi Legacy Inn & Suites in 2010 and the hotel has been recognized by travelers and FODOR’s Travel as one of the finest lodging establishments in Arizona.

Upper Village of Moenkopi Governor William Charley says “Unemployment on the Hopi Reservation exceeds 50% and that is why we created the Hopi Arts Trail. The creation of jobs and income on Hopi land translates directly into the preservation of culture, language, religion, and family.  We want to encourage visitors to come to meet our artists and tour respectfully in Hopi and take home memories and art for their enjoyment.”

Window Rock Navajo Tribal Park

This graceful sandstone arch, a sacred Navajo site, sits above the Navajo Nation Council Chambers and Navajo Tribal Museum. The Chambers, modeled after a large hogan with murals that depict Navajo history, are open for tours.

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Colorado

Chimney Rock National Monument – Home

NEWS ALERT For information about the upcoming Virtual Lecture Series with Erica Ellingson click HERE. What is Chimney Rock? This undiscovered gem is an intimate, off-the-beaten-path archaeological site located at the southern edge of the San Juan Mountains in Southwestern Colorado. You’ll walk in the footsteps

Four Corners Monument

Four states meet at Four Corners National Monument, surrounded by the Ute and Navajo Nations. Visitors can snap photos of the only place in our country where you can be in four different states at once. See what the local Native American artisans are offering at the vendors station. The monument is a must-see, and is surrounded with nearby popular state and national parks.

Key Attractions

  • Visitor Center – open year-round
  • Native American vendors and mall – selling handmade crafts, food, jewelry, and art from both the Navajo Nation and Ute Nation
  • The monument, which marks where the four state boundaries meet, the only location in our nation where four states touch
  • Guided hikes, horseback rides, jeep excursions, etc.
  • Hiking, camping, and other backcountry-style recreation

Location

The Four Corners Monument is located where corners of southeastern Utah, southwestern Colorado, northeastern Arizona, and northwestern New Mexico touch. It is 33 miles away from Shiprock, NM, 40 miles from Cortez, CO, 65 miles from Bluff, UT, 77 miles from Kayenta, AZ, and 100 miles away from Monument Valley, UT. Six miles from the monument, there is a very small community called Teec Nos Pos, AZ – there is a gas station there, but lodging and food are located in the fringe cities.

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Four Corners Area Map – Provided by Sky Ute Casino Resort.
Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum

The Southern Ute Museum in Ignacio, is a Southwest cultural resource and regional highlight. Designed by Jones & Jones Architects in Seattle, Washington, who fashioned the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the exceptional architecture and beauty of the building and landscape incorporate cultural symbolism and a connection to the land. Inside, memories and history from a tribal perspective give meaning to the phrase, “Numi Nuuchiyu, We Are the Ute People”. Through meetings and consultations, the Tribe combined thoughts and ideas gathered from tribal youth to tribal elders, in order to present the story of Colorado’s longest continuous residents.

Located in Ignacio, CO

Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum

The Southern Ute Museum strives to ensure the survival of Southern Ute people through meaningful education, cultural, historic, and current event exhibits, and to provide a unique museum experience for indigenous and non-indigenous visitors. The Southern Ute Museum in Ignacio, is a Southwest cultural resource and regional highlight.

Ute Mountain Tribal Park

The southern canyons of the Mesa Verde are on Ute lands, and contain wonderful, primitive, unexcavated cliff dwellings and surface sites similar to those found in the National Park. Ute tour guides take visitors into their tribal park to explore archaeological sites and rock art (prehistoric Puebloan and historic Ute) on half and full day tours – call ahead for reservations.

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Nevada

Lost City Museum

Built on the actual prehistoric site of the ancestral Puebloans, the Lost City Museum tells the stories of Nevada’s first permanent residents between AD 200 to AD 1200. Tools, pottery, and other artifacts – recovered from the on-site excavation pit – offer a glimpse of Puebloan life in the region for centuries, while basketry and contemporary regional art highlight lasting links between culture, then and now.

Historic Lost City Museum Located in Moapa Valley

The Lost City Museum built on the actual prehistoric site of the ancestral Puebloans, tells the stories of Nevada’s first permanent residents between AD 200 to AD 1200. Tools, pottery, and other artifacts – recovered from the on-site excavation pit – offer a glimpse of Puebloan life in the region.

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New Mexico

Chaco Culture National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Today the massive buildings of the Ancestral Puebloan people still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest.

Acoma Sky City

Known as “Sky City”, the Pueblo of Acoma has been a cultural tourism destination for nearly a century. Concealed in a pristine valley studded with sandstone monoliths, a 367 foot high mesa provides the setting for an amazing community that has been the spiritual and cultural homeland of the Acoma people. In 1629, construction began on the massive San Esteban del Rey Mission, now a centerpiece of the Sky City.

The history of Acoma people and the Pueblo dates back to as early as 1100 A.D. and is the oldest continuously-inhabited community in North America. The Pueblo of Acoma is the first Native American site to be named a Historic Site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments. The Pueblo’s San Esteban del Rey Mission has been designated as a Save America’s Treasures site and one of 100 endangered sites by the World Monuments Fund; the mission is listed on the National Register of Historic Monuments.

The Sky City Cultural Center and Haak’u Museum, rich in cultural architecture, serves as the reception center and museum for visitors to the Pueblo of Acoma, as well as a research and community use facility for tribal members. The primary 40,000 square foot Cultural Center is a two-story structure with a basement and central courtyard/plaza area. The Cultural Center was designed to represent and recreate the ancestral architectural styles of the Acoma people – which include natural stacked stone and natural mud-plastered adobe – while showcasing Acoma Pueblo architecture both past and present. This world-class facility is dedicated to the preservation of Acoma history, traditional pottery and other art forms, the repatriation of objects of cultural patrimony and the development of both educational and interpretive programs.

Crown Point Rug Auction

Held in Crownpoint, New Mexico, beautiful Navajo rugs are put up for auction once a month by the Crownpoint Rug Weavers Association.  Buyers can purchase directly from the artist for lower than retail prices, with rugs ranging in price from less than $50 to thousands.  The Association has been auctioning rugs since it was founded in 1968.

Culture Etiquette

Indian reservations are sovereign nations. Traffic violations and accidents (for instance, hitting any free-range livestock) may bring you up before tribal, not state, jurisdiction. Alcohol is not permitted on most reservations; carrying it – whether in open or closed containers – is illegal. Consider, at all times, that you are a guest of a different culture, a different nation. Do not photograph people unless permission is requested and granted. Never interrupt ceremonies or rituals. Do not assume all people speak English (and, for that matter, don’t assume they speak none). If you are buying crafts from a roadside vendor, ask if the price is negotiable; sometimes it is, often it isn’t. Be polite, just like you would in your neighbors’ home.

Visit with Respect – A Native American Stewardship Message

Southwest archaeological sites are fragile national treasures and sacred to many Native Americans. Made with support from the Colorado Historical Society Sta…

Gallup Pawn Shops

Gallup NM is known for its many pawn shops which sell all kinds of Native American arts and crafts.  Many Native Americans pawn their possessions at one of the trading posts, to get ready cash or to store them for safekeeping.  The pawn shops have vaults full of such treasures.  The trading posts sell “dead” pawn, which are items which were not redeemed.

New Mexico’s Twenty-Two Tribes

New Mexico has twenty-two federally recognized Native American tribes.  Most of their lands fall within the Grand Circle.  Nineteen of them are Pueblos, three are tribes.  Pueblo peoples traditionally lived in settled villages and farmed.  The three tribes – Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Mescalero Apache – were traditionally nomadic.  Visitors are welcomed at many tribal events.

Puye Cliff Dwellings National Historic Landmark

Puye Cliff Dwellings is the ancestral home of the inhabitants of Santa Clara Pueblo.  The site consists of two levels of cliff dwellings and a large settlement, known as the Community or Great House, on top of the mesa.  Approximately 1,500 people lived here from the late 1100s to 1580.  A 1930s Harvey House now serves as an interpretive center for the site.

Salmon Ruins & Heritage Pk (NM)

The Salmon Ruins are 11th century ruins and a Chacoan Great House. They are one of the largest outlying colonies built in the ancient Chacoan style. Travelers can see artifacts, new exhibits at the museum, and replicas as they explore the area.

Key Attractions

At Heritage Park site, next to the Salmon Ruins, there is a library, museum, and research center. Visitors can experience a 19th century homestead, as well as the 11th century ruins. Replicas exist of a typical sweatlodge, hogan, tipi, and pithouse.

Location

10 miles east of Farmington, NM on Hwy 6.

Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo is both a World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark.  Two multi-storied buildings constructed of adobe date back to about 1000 A.D. and are still occupied by both part-time and full-time residents.  No modern utilities are allowed in this part of the Pueblo.  These two buildings are the oldest continuously occupied settlements in the United States.

Trading Posts in New Mexico

Trading posts played an important historical role in commerce and social life in the Grand Circle.  Proprietors of the posts traded necessities like food, tools, and raw materials for weaving for rugs, baskets, pottery, and jewelry.  The names of many famous historic trading posts, like Toadlena, Two Gray Hills, Newcomb, and Crystal, are still on the map and some of them still sell Native American handicrafts.

Zuni Pueblo

Zuni is off the beaten path, located in a valley surrounded by red mesas.  Most of its inhabitants descend from people who have llived in the village known as the Pueblo of Zuni for three hundred years.  Art is an important of Pueblo life, and the Zunis are known particularly for their very fine inlay and petit point jewelry.  Many artists at the Pueblo sell directly to the customer, offering prices that are much lower than elsewhere.

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Utah

Monument Valley Tribal Park

The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs and trees, and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines…

Newspaper Rock Historic Site

Newspaper Rock is a panel of sandstone rock in which perhaps 2,000 years of human activity is etched into the rock. The petroglyphs represent the Fremont, Anasazi, Navajo, and Anglo cultures. No “known” exact meaning is understood, but there are many typical signs and universal symbols.

Key Attractions

  • campground located across from petroglyph site
  • the petroglyph panel – with hundreds of carved symbols from several different cultures – some of the best petroglyphs in our county

Location

Next to Utah Route 211, 24 miles northwest of Monticello – along the access road to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park.

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock is a petroglyph panel etched in sandstone that records perhaps 2,000 years of human activity in the area. Etched into the desert varnish are symbols’ representing the Fremont, Anasazi, Navajo and Anglo cultures. The exact nature of these symbols meaning is still not clearly understood.

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