Exciting Ways To Experience The Native American Culture

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Exciting Ways To Experience The Native American Culture

Who said learning about the Native American culture is boring?

There are many exciting ways to learn about and appreciate the Native American culture. More than just reading textbooks, looking at pictures in the Internet, or watching videos, there are interactive and immersive activities that you can do for better appreciation of our ancient culture.

Below let’s check out some destinations, activities and ways you can experience Native American way of life.

Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Found in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is home to the Native Indian culture of the state’s 19 pueblos. There is a weekly performance held at the plaza and attended by indigenous groups. There’s research library and a museum that houses numerous exhibits and resources on the Indian Pueblo culture. There’s also an annual film festival that features Native American cinema. If you want to try authentic pueblo cuisine, then be sure to visit the cultural center’s in-house café.

Navajo Nation Fair

A must-see if you want a firsthand experience of the Navajo culture, the Navajo Nation Fair is an annual gathering and celebration held at Window Rock, Arizona. During this week-long celebration, the indigenous group descends to the capital of the Navajo Nation to showcase their culture and participate in various activities. Visitors can see events like traditional singing and dancing, parade, science fair, and a pageant. Of course, you can expect the usual activities in a fair like food stations, rides, etc.

Petroglyph National Monument

A trip to the Petroglyph National Monument is a great way to learn our country’s earliest settlers. Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the place is considered one of the largest petroglyph sites in the US. You might think that with its rugged terrain, the place should be great to drive your off-road truck equipped with a 30-inch LED light bar reviewed at http://lightbarreport.com/best-30-inch-led-light-bar-reviews/. Unfortunately, driving isn’t allowed. You really have to walk and follow the trail from the visitor center to the petroglyph sites.

Once on the cliff, you can see thousands of mysterious shapes and drawings of humans and animals etched into the stones. These stone markings date back to between 400 and 2,000 years

ago,

and show a record of the Native Americans. Some stones also bear marking of the Spanish colonists who traversed the lands around 16th century. Indigenous people regard the place as holy, so act accordingly when you get there.

Taos Pueblo

What better way to experience Native American culture than by immersing with the Taos Indians. Located in the Northern

New Mexico, the five-story adobe residential complex showcases the indigenous culture of Taos Indians. To date, the residential complex is home to about 150 Taos. The place has been their home for more than five decades now, making it one of the oldest communities in the country. And the good news is that it is open to the public seven days a week, except during some days when they hold tribal rituals usually in late winter and early spring.

These are just four great ways to immerse into the Native American culture. There are still many more events and destinations that we’ll feature in our future posts.

Salvaging Pieces of the Past

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Salvaging Pieces of the Past

There are few things I enjoy more than getting out into the field and trying to track down old artifacts myself. It’s one of the most rewarding activities I can think of, and not just because of the little trinkets and paraphernalia I sometimes find. Some people say that taking the road less traveled will lead a person to more interesting travels. While that might be true for some, I contest that there are still plenty of adventures to be had where people have already come and gone. Tracking down bits of the past and preserving them is something any historian would enjoy, I imagine.

It’s not at all difficult to track down maps of the paths walked by various tribes that lives throughout North America. The real difficulty is finding things in these same places which have already been excavated, examined and exploited by others who share my interest for digging up artifacts. To be fair though, even places which have already been presumably picked clean may yield some little morsels now and then. Arrowheads of flint and various stone don’t get too many people excited, but I still thrill at every one that I find. Who knows what beast or man each might have been used against?

Most of the good pieces have already been found and dragged away to various museums and historical societies around the world already. But I do still find bits of pottery and tools on occasion, more than enough to keep me eager to go out searching again. For me, the most difficult part of it all is preserving the rare gems that I’m actually able to find. Truly fine, gentle tools are needed to clean some specimens. I prefer to use items such as these to brush away dirt and grit from the artifacts I find. Though they are used for a number of other purposes, I can easily attach a brush head and use them for cleaning.

Generally, I find it is better to use softer bristles which require more brushing rather than stiffer bristles which can scratch up or damage the things I find. If the item recovered happens to be made from stone or some other material which won’t be destroyed by water, I also try to wash the item while cleaning it to make the dirt looser and easier to remove. In my experience, as long as you aren’t dealing with paper or wooden goods, this is a safe practice.

Wouldn’t it be quite frustrating to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles from home, hoping to find something that really connects you to the past, only to find the thing and inadvertently destroy it through reckless care? This has happened to much better people than me I am afraid. Not to say I’m any professional archaeologist or anything like that – I just run into some of the same issues they do since we all happen to enjoy hanging around and investigating similar places. With that said, guides focused on that topic might also be helpful to you when looking for native artifacts.

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