3 Places to Honor Native American Heritage in the U.S.

Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona
Navajo Indian Reservation, Arizona. Photo by John Fowler on Unsplash

There are more than 560 federally recognized tribes across the United States. You can honor and learn more about Native American culture by visiting one of the Native-owned hotels, resorts, and cultural centers across the country. Here are three such places you can visit.

Navajo Nation, Southwest, USA

Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the US, covering parts of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. Home to the Dine, the desert landscape holds expansive canyons and buttes. Guides lead visitors through the Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona

The Heard Museum in Phoenix is well known for its celebration of Native American art and culture, mainly focusing on the tribes of the Southwest. Exhibits feature pottery, rugs, and a collection of Hopi katsina dolls.

Chaco Culture National Park, New Mexico

Chaco Culture National Historical Park was a city of thousands between 850 and 1250 CE, and today it is one of the largest pre-Columbian historical sites in the country. Although the city was abandoned by 1300 CE due to climate change, the descendants of Chaco Canyon’s residents still remember it through oral histories passed down over the last eight hundred years.