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Explore Native American Culture and Tradition at the Smoki Museum

A unique slice of Prescott, Arizona's history

The atmosphere of Prescott is saturated with Native American culture and tradition. Prescott’s Smoki Museum is a living tribute to the heritage and historic ways of southwestern tribes.

The Smoki people were a group of individuals who, in 1921 replicated native dance to save the Prescott Rodeo. Today the Smoki people are all but gone. They are remembered and honored with the collections and exhibits at the museum. It is a distinct place; a unique slice of Prescott’s history recalling a special people and culture. The building was constructed out of native rock and timber and was built in the style of an Indian pueblo. It was built by the Smoki people and the WPA.

The museum’s mission is to build understanding and respect for the cultures of the people who have inhabited this land for centuries. Exhibits, programs, lectures and educational series throughout the year support that mission. The collection is a treasure of the southwestern artifacts. Many of the pieces come from the immediate Prescott area. Exhibits rotate throughout the year.

At the holidays, you can see an outstanding display of Hopi quilts. One of the featured artists is Bonnie Nampeyo Chapella. She is the grand-daughter of Nampeyo whose singular vision has influenced these beautiful Hopi quilts. It is the story of Hopi women and how they currently interpret Hopi designs from the past. Pottery designs are hand-painted and sewn on beautiful Hopi quilts. Look for the exhibit From Clay to Cloth when you take your holiday getaway and visit the Smoki Museum.

For more fun events and things-to-do in Prescott, please visit-prescott.com.