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Connecting with the Ancestors

The hospitality by the staff was warm and welcoming. It was interesting to learn of the history of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Trudie J
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fantastic Indian History Museum

Set aside time to visit this fantastic museum of the local Native Americans. The museum contains... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2018
Gary S
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Prescott, Arizona
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

Highly recommend this small museum
- excellent Collection of native Indian pottery
- cute miniature collection of Nat & Gladys Robbins
- a few dioramas of early Pueblo life
- Nice gift shop

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Tourist805762
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

“People come looking for the Smoki Tribe, and it doesn’t exist!”

This small, but interesting, museum has a fantastic collection of pottery and different items. For kids, there is a great Bingo chart to help them search for different items...and they get a keepsake at the end. The brochure that comes with admission has a key to the self-guided exhibit.

Make sure to go into the back room where the odd and uncomfortable history of the Smoki events are described. “Brown-face” and what we now call cultural appropriation is all there on display. These days, the museum has representatives from local First Nations on its board, and they have created a great place for modern day Native American artists.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Kristin W
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

This was an interesting museum with lots of Native American artifacts from the area. It is not very large and admission was only $6. The ticket person spent some time explaining the origins of Smoki and the museum. The local townspeople decided to create the Smoki organization in the early 1900s and dressed and performed as Native Americans. In the 1990s there weren't enough members to continue performing so they established the museum to showcase Native American culture and have a separate room to depict the history of the Smoki organization.
There is plenty of free parking in front of the museum and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. With viewing the items and listening to the staff explain everything we visited for a little over 2 hours. We could have stayed longer but had another appointment.
This is well worth a visit if you are in the Prescott area.
This is where we also learned the locals do not pronounce Pres-cot, they pronounce the city Pres-kit.

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank Tom-WCT
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

The old time Prescott Smoki has a wonderful history. Too bad they seem to be trying to re-write what it was founded for. It does have a lot of other good stuff though.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank FortPeck
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

There was a time when preserving Native American culture wasn't a high priority. The people that put this museum together saw to it that the Native American history of this are was not lost.
There are many aspects ,some possibly not politically correct for some in today's culture that are covered in the displays and founding of this museum. Regardless, if you are interested in the history of the Native peoples of the are and those that attempted to save and display that history this will be very interesting.

Date of experience: June 2017
3  Thank Bigiron383
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