If you want to learn about Native American history and are planning to go on a road trip across the United States on your Bikers Basics recommended motorcycle, equipped with all sorts of stuff to make your journey comfortable, the following spots and attractions should be in your itinerary.
Pueblo de Taos
Located in the city of Taos, New Mexico, Pueblo de Taos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that belongs to the Puebloan people tribe. It is one of the earliest Native American communities in the United States and continues to be inhabited up to the present day. Their people are known to be conservative, private, and secretive, and speak Tiwa, which is a part of the Tanoan language family. The pueblo includes a 95,000 acre-reservation and is home to approximately 4,500 people.
Cherokee Heritage Center
The Cherokee Heritage Center is a museum that aims to collect and preserve artifacts, crafts, and other pieces from the Native American’s long history. In addition, it is a research center, a non-profit, that keeps a genealogy database for the Cherokee people. With collections that date back to the 1830s, it was founded in 1962 by Retired Army Colonel Marty Hagerstrand, and construction of the building began in 1966. It opened its doors to visitors on June 27, 1967, and welcomed more than 5,000 people.
With the objective of educating everyone about the culture, arts, and heritage of the Native peoples, particularly the Southwest peoples, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a museum situated in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Hearn in 1929, it houses a wide collection of art, jewelry, papers, documents, Kachina dolls, galleries, and other relics.
National Museum of the American Indian
A facility that seeks to preserve, remember, and honor the literature, history, life, arts, and languages of the Native Americans in the past and present, the National Museum of the American Indian is located in Washington D.C., on National Mall, has first opened its doors to the public on September 21, 2004. Its collections consist of over 800,000 pieces that include an archive of about 125,000 photos. Its exhibitions are grouped into the following: Woodlands, Plains/Plateaus, Patagonia, Northwest Coast, Mesoamerican/Caribbean, Contemporary Art, California/Great Basin, Arctic/Subarctic, Andes, and Amazon.
Iroquois Indian Museum
The Iroquois Indian Museum is a museum in Howes Caves, New York, dedicated to the history and culture of the Iroquois tribes. The facility cost $1.3 million to built, and it houses the biggest Iroquois art collection in the United States. It has an Iroquois Performing Arts Amphitheater where traditional Iroquois dance and musical performances are held.