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Coal Mine Canyon, Moenkopi
Long before the Wild West. Even before the extinction of saber-toothed cats and the mammoth. As far back as 12,000 years ago, indigenous cultures made their home in what, today, we affectionately call Arizona. These early inhabitants settled into villages throughout the diverse regions of Arizona, giving formation to tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan people.
The opportunities to visit tribal lands and experience their cultures differ among the different American Indian communities. While many tribes, like the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache, welcome visitors for a more robust experience, others limit involvement to their commercial interests.
What to know before you go:
For other useful recommendations and helpful hints about visiting tribal lands, visit our Tribal Tips page.
You can learn a little more from the links below about what to do and buy when visiting American Indian communities in Arizona.
The Indian Arts and Crafts Board can help you with information about purchasing authentic American Indian keepsakes.