If you want to get in touch with the history and traditions of the west, this original trading post is a must-see. Owned and operated by John Lorenzo Hubble, it was the first trading post to be established in the Navajo Reservation region after the Navajos returned to their lands from US government captivity. Hubble traded much needed supplies to the Navajos for their crafts such as weaving, basketry, and pottery. His home behind the trading post remains much like it was in his lifetime and tours of the house are conducted by the National Park Service. Get your tickets for this tour at the Visitor's Center as you enter the trading post compound.Our guide for the tour of the Hubble home was excellent. She took her time to describe life there, and the people who were inhabitants of the area. She wove the native history with the Hubble history like a Navajo artizan weaving her best piece of art. Questions were answered expertly. Well worth the cost of admission.
The trading post is still in operation with Navajo wares and jewelry offered along with household bowls, pots, tools, and items that have been a staple of trade since the late 1800's. Walk across the creeking boards of the trading post, hear the echos of past footsteps. Look up, things hang everywhere, and each artifact is there to trade. You can go into the trading post for free. Be sure to buy some Arbuckle's Coffee after sampling some at the visitor's center. It was Hubble's favorite, a taste of yesterday to savor after you go home.
This is not a re-creation, but the genuine article. The entire complex is a living museum.
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