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Smoki Museum

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147 N Arizona Ave, Prescott, AZ 86301-3184
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The_Loup_Garou wrote a review Nov 2020
Phoenix, Arizona157,873 contributions2,334 helpful votes
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History & Culture of the Indigenous People of Arizona The Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture, now The Museum of Indigenous People, in Prescott is well-worth the time to first find it (it’s hidden by a school yard, down a narrow little street), then spend time there. In October, I got my chance to spend a few hours there, and it was worth the time. We were in Prescott for some business meetings for my wife, and I had several days to explore. I started my morning at the Smoki Museum. The architecture is excellent, in an understated way. It is Yavapai/Hopi “pueblo,” and was built in 1935, as part of the CWA program. Besides the artifacts and artwork, it has an ongoing program of presentations, classes and educational series, so it offers many different experiences, depending on the date of visit. On this October morning, there were not additional programs offered, but still very much to see. I spent about two hours there, but depending on what is being offered, one could well spend much more time. If one has even a passing interest in Native American Culture, the Museum of Indigenous People is a must-see.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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4oystercatcher wrote a review Feb 2020
washington state439 contributions138 helpful votes
The volunteer who showed us around was so informative and kind without boring us. We were the only visitors and we learned so much about the first people. The stone building is amazing and the items on display are well-curated and simply displayed, in a classy way. Again I did not have high expectations of this little place but I was floored at what I was able to learn here. If you have ever wondered about the first people of this part of the world this museum is a must-see. There is also a small gift shop with native jewelry of merit and some other items that were well chosen. Do not miss this place if you want the real deal and/or to see the weavings, the looms, and the basketmaking. There is alot to see and one must pay close attention to absorb it all or to gain a sense of what life was like for the people of these lands. You will leave a changed person if you pay proper attention to all that is offered. I visited the back area designed for children and it seemed to be well thought out also.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Marc wrote a review Dec 2019
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They stole Native American culture and made a all white tribe of Prescott's rich. The native americans were banned from doing their dance so white guys put on make up and wigs and did it themselves. Best part is the museum does not understand their own appropriation of native culture.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Kenneth J wrote a review Sep 2019
Prescott, Arizona23 contributions
Tools of the early settlers, and many pictures of historical interest, showing how our city looked in the early days.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Canyouhearmeow wrote a review Jul 2019
Prescott, Arizona17 contributions24 helpful votes
Quiet, well lit, beautiful building, kind attendants. Very informative. Nice selection of items to purchase. Go there and find out who the SMOKI PEOPLE were.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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