For the best way to learn about and understand the original natives of our country, check out this easy-to-speed-read list of the top Native American destinations.
The National Museum of the American Indian George Gustav Heye Center (New York)
-Located in the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House
-Headdresses from different tribes
-Oldest known duck decoys, dating to 400 B.C.
-Yup'ik jackets used for nursing mothers
The National Museum of the American Indian (Washington D.C.)
-More than 800,000 items from North, Central and South American cultures
-Top-rated native foods cafe
-Full calendar of public events and exhibitions
-39 federally recognized tribes
-Second-highest Native American population in the U.S.
-National Historic Trail of Tears
-Re-created Cherokee village at Cherokee Heritage Center
-Gilcrease Museum, the world's largest collection of art and artifacts of the American West
Santa Fe, New Mexico
-Historic Plaza, lined with hundreds of authentic American Indian vendors
-An architectural re-creation of Taos Pueblo at the Inn and Spa at Loretto
-Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Gathering of Nations (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
-World's largest Native American cultural event
-More than 700 tribes
-Traditional performances, arts and crafts, and cuisine
Taos, New Mexico
-Taos Pueblo, a current Native community dating back to the 13th century
-Millicent Rogers Museum, housing some of the most important collections of Native art
-Heard Museum, housing 11 galleries of Native collections
-Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, a 1500-year-old site with an archaeological village for public viewing
-Traditional Native dining at Fry Bread House, KAI and Desert Rain Cafe
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