Places To Experience Native American Culture In The United States

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Native American culture and history are a large part of America’s identity. Although the culture of the natives is forever connected throughout the country, there are a few destinations where the Native American culture in particular shines through.

Take a tour of museums, take a trip to historic villages or join the welcoming festivities. There is plenty to do throughout the country to get a feel for American Indian culture.


New Mexico

Native American culture has existed throughout New Mexico for thousands of years. There are twenty-three native tribes in New Mexico, including 19 Pueblo tribes for which this state is known. New Mexico is also known to be home to the Navajo Nation tribe.

You can get a glimpse into the ancient Pueblo way of life by visiting the Taos Pueblo, home to the Taos tribe and boasting over 1,000 years of history. Take a guided tour to learn the culture of the village before continuing the journey to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque. The museum tells stories from the Pueblo’s rich past, while the traditional festivities take place year-round.


Sante Fe is also an interesting stop in New Mexico for anyone looking to immerse themselves in American Indian culture. Sante Fe’s Native American Market showcases Native American crafts and food, while Shiprock Sante Fe offers beautiful exhibits, textiles and artwork inspired by the famous Navajo Nation rock formations in the Northeast.


Home to 22 Native American tribes, Arizona is a perfect destination if you want to dig deeper into Native American history.

If you are road tripping through Arizona, you will be able to experience a number of Native American landmarks and monuments that are scattered throughout the state. From the scenic Canyon de Chelly to the breathtaking Chiricahua National Monument, you are sure to get a glimpse of these ‘monumental’ areas.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix is known for their 40,000 pieces of art, including modern art, historical artifacts, and traditional textiles. Dedicated to preserving Native American culture, this museum works with the natives to put together courses, workshops, events and parties. The biggest celebration is probably the Navajo Nation Fair, which is held at Window Rock every year.


It may come as no surprise that Oklahoma has a rich representation of Native American culture in the United States. Oklahoma has 35 tribes throughout the state, and the name itself is said to derive from Native American culture.

Head to the Ozark Mountains to see artifacts and exhibits of the Cherokee Nation with over 18 acres at the Cherokee Heritage Center. Here you can participate in courses, explore a traditional village, and experience art workshops that highlight the culture and long history behind the Cherokee Nation.

If you’re in the heart of Oklahoma City, the Red Earth Festival takes place every year, celebrating Native American visual and performance art. The festival gives guests the opportunity to participate in the parade, take part in dance competitions and experience traditional arts. If you’re after more Native American art and artifacts, you can find an expansive collection in Tulsa at the Gilcrease Museum.

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