You’ll Want To Spend All Day In These 5 Museums Learning About New Mexico’s First Residents
By Monica Spencer|Published November 14, 2019
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know November is National Native American Heritage Month? New Mexico has one of the largest populations of Indigenous peoples and is home to 23 federally recognized tribes.
The common perception of the nation’s Indigenous peoples tends to place us either in a romanticized history or as tragedy-stricken people. But the truth is, native peoples are resilient and reclaiming ownership of our histories and identities.
As a Navajo writer, I often receive messages and emails from readers with questions about my heritage, where to go, and how to learn more. One of my typical suggestions? Visit tribal cultural centers, museums, restaurants, particularly ones run by or in conjunction with tribes.
Here’s a look at five museums in New Mexico that will get you started on the right foot.