If you are looking for a way to spend some free time in a beautiful and cultural way, and you would like to experience Native American culture, you can visit some of the places where this culture still stands strong.
You can bring your family along and have a great and unique cultural vacation. Here are 6 places where you can do just that and have an amazing time:
1. Taos Pueblo, N.M.
This is a place where families live in a way their ancestors did. They decided to nourish their roots and not forget their origins, so they are living exactly like their people lived hundreds of years ago. Actually, a common belief is that this community has existed for around 1,000 years and it has been inhabited ever since it was founded. They don’t have running water or electricity, so you can’t say that this way of life would be up to your standards, but it is definitely a unique place worth visiting. There is a fee you need to pay to see the iconic structures of this place, but for $16 you can have a wonderful experience, so why not?
The fact that it is a United States World Heritage Site speaks about its beauty and worth.
2. Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona
This is a museum of American Indian culture and art, and it is home to art pieces of ancient and modern Native American groups, especially those who live or came from the Southwest. There are many thousands of art works, but it is not all about the material things – there are also many festivals that show the real spirit of Native American culture. It is very interesting and you will surely want to come back once you’ve seen the wonders of this culture represented through history.
3. Santa Fe Indian Market, N.M.
This market gathers once a year and gives visitors from all around the U.S. a unique opportunity to see and feel Native American culture by watching movies, listening to music, reading some of their literature, and through experiencing the great collection of Indian art that includes paintings, jewelry, pottery and many other native works of art. Of course, you can see the Native Americans at the Market as well, talk to them and let them enhance the wonderfulness of your experience.
4. Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
This is a place with a great number of archeological sites, and that is where you can actually see how the Native Americans led their lives in the 1200s A.D. The people who lived there were the Ancestral Pueblo people and the Mesa Verde National Park lets you have a sneak peek into their ways and customs. This place is also the largest cliff that could be inhabited in the whole North America, or at least that is what archaeologists believe for now.
5. Acoma Pueblo, N.M.
Acoma Pueblo is a little ancestral village placed 367 feet above the New Mexico desert, and according to archaeological findings it is a community that has been inhabited the entire time since the first Native Americans settled here, which should be around the 1150s A.D. This place offers a glimpse of history and culture, and the visitors are in for a real treat as they are given the opportunity to see firsthand the historical buildings and monuments that still have the ability to amaze, and the techniques of pottery making and embellishing which are so good and advanced that people still use them today.
6. Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, N.M.
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque isn’t actually an original cultural monument of the Native Americans, but an information center where you can find out everything that interests you about the New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo Indian tribes, including their culture, history, and the current festivals related to native dancing, culture and art. This is basically a collection of knowledge about who Native Americans are, how they lived in the past and what they did to survive, but for fun as well. This is definitely a place worth visiting.
Native American heritage is so rich and interesting, and it’s right in our backyard, that it would be a true shame not to inform yourself about it and experience its wonders.