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10 Places Honoring The Original Americans

#10 Mashantucket, Connecticut

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum located at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut is the largest Native American Museum in the world. The museum itself features a plethora of long forgotten American Indian culture including artifacts, interactive programs, videos and sensory displays. Perhaps the most interesting of exhibits within the Mashantucket Pequot Museum is the re-created tribe village that depicts American Indian culture before and after contact with the European settlers.

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#9 Browning, Montana

The Museum of the Plains Indians located on the Blackfoot Reservation in Browning, Montana is a great place to see artifacts from some of the most well remembered American Indian tribes including the Sioux, Nez Perce and Crow among many others. The museums exhibits display historical memorabilia like toys, clothing, and weapons.

#8 Spiro Mounds, Oklahoma

The twelve Spiro Mounds within the beautiful plains of Oklahoma once held a ceremonial complex prior to the invasion of Spanish explorers hundred of years ago. Today, the region features a vast village area with a surrounding settlement full of American Indian artifacts. Gorgeous pottery pieces, copper, and mica have all been discovered within the Spiro Mounds.

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#7 Mesa Verde, Colorado

The Mesa Verde Cliffs of Southwest Colorado offered shelter to thousands of American Indians for over seven hundred years. One structure alone was able to hold up to one hundred and forty rooms. Presently, visitors from all over the world are welcomed to tour the Mesa Verde Cliffs to learn more about the culture of the American Indians of Colorado.

#6 Neah Bay, Washington

The Makah Tribal Museum is a special place of ruins discovered during an eleven year excavation by the Ozette Archaeological Site. Six Indian longhouses were uncovered within a muddy region that perfectly preserved it contents allowing historians to study over fifty five thousand tribal artifacts.

#5 Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

For over four hundred years, Chaco Canyon was home to the center of Pueblo culture! Until about 1000 b.c. a complex society of American Indians developed their lives, culture, and traditions within Chaco Canyon. The discovery of this American Indian land gave evidence of long distance trade including traces of cacao and colorful macaw bones, both of which originated over one thousand miles away from New Mexico.

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#4 Berkeley, California

After the Gold Rush practically all of the American Indian culture found within California dissipated. However, you can peek into their past through the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology located in Berkeley, California. Ishi, a Native American, and former resident of the museum, was the last remaining member of his tribe. He was found emerging from the San Francisco woods and was later studied by several anthropologists. Ishi was happy to give demonstrations to the museums many visitors prior to his death in 1916 of tuberculosis.

#3 Big Cypress Reservation, Florida

During the federal government's law ordered removal of the Southeast Indians, the Seminoles tribe escaped down to South Florida to hide in the areas swamps. The U.S. Army was unable to reach the Seminoles tribe in this region - thus, they continue to thrive on what is now known as the Big Cypress Reservation. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Smithsonian Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum located on the reservation where over one hundred and eighty thousand artifacts are preserved and maintain by these Indian survivors.

#2 Old Oraibi, Arizona

Recognized for their Kachina dolls and primitive dances, the Hopi Indians reside in a preserved village dating back to 1150 b.c. near the Grand Canyon. Recently, the tribe has opened its doors to tourists passing by to view their mesa top lifestyle.

#1 Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks, Ohio

Just South of Columbus is one of the largest concentrations of prehistoric landforms and what was once thought of as an empty yet beautiful landscape was actually home to several American Indian villages. These villages once held a complex society that had a productive flow of goods and agriculture managed by a board of leading elders.

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