Located just past the Folk Art Museum on Museum Hill, the Wheelwright Museum has an interesting history. It was founded at the Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art because a local woman became concerned that many of the sacred and ceremonial items of the Navajo Nation were finding their way into trade and non-native hands. She acquired many such items and held them until such time as the Navajos were able to provide proper housing for them on their lands. That time came a decade or so ago, at which time the museum was renamed and changed its mission to exhibiting art created by Native American artists. The changing shows in the relatively compact exhibition space is always interesting. Visitors to Santa Fe should by all means visit the Case Trading Post downstairs for some of the best shopping in the city for good pots, weavings, and jewelry. The store has excellent sources and always has first rate material for sale.
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