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Museum Tour through Arizona

Museum Tour through Arizona

The best way to get your cultural fix of southwestern America is to take several days to travel the museum circuit. Here are a few stops you must make during your trip to learn about the unique tribal communities of Arizona. Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park Pueblo Grande Museum sits proudly on one of… Continue Reading

The Architectural Giants of Arizona

The Architectural Giants of Arizona

Builders and cultural groups carve stunning sculptures from the Arizona deserts, beckoning travelers from around the world yearly. Here we give you a glimpse into the structures and histories of these architectural giants. Chapel of Holy Cross This religious citadel sits between monumental red rocks, and was a gift from Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a sculptress,… Continue Reading

Native Americans and Totem Poles

Native Americans and Totem Poles

Native American tribes of the northwest coast, like the Haida, often built and carved totem poles as tall as 40 feet. What was the significance behind doing so? Totem poles were a sign of wealth Totem poles were built and placed outside homes to display families’ status, ancestry and social rank. They were a sign… Continue Reading

The Importance of Shapeshifting in Native American Culture

The Importance of Shapeshifting in Native American Culture

When people hear the word, “shapeshifter,” they may think of supernatural figures like witches and werewolves. But the spiritual practice of shapeshifting travels well beyond a mythical and supernatural scope. What is Shapeshifting? A non-Native study of shapeshifting posits that the practice was used by medicine people and shamans to transform into part animal to… Continue Reading

What the Solar Eclipse Meant to Many Native Americans

What the Solar Eclipse Meant to Many Native Americans

On August 21, men, women and children gathered all over the country to watch the solar eclipse. While the eclipse was fascinating to most of us, it had a special significance for many Native Americans. Some Native Americans viewed it as a solemn occasion, some saw it as a cause for celebration and some did… Continue Reading