The Navajo Nation Zoo and Botanical Park located near the museum was established in 1962 and is the sole tribally-owed zoo. The animals reside in truly natural habitats surrounded by native vegetation and rock scenery. Most animals here are native to the Navajo Nation and a part of the zoo’s dedication to exhibit animals and plants important to the...more
Here are some of the displays inside the museum when I visited. Several displays rotate through so check the website to see what is on display when you plan to visit.The arrowheads in Photo 2 are not regular arrowheads for hunting but are carried in their medicine bags for protection.more
Window Rock refers to both the rock formation which is sacred to the Navajo People and the town itself. Window Rock the town is the capitol of the Navajo Nation and has a population of over 3000. A good place to start your tour of the town and the Navajo Nation is the Navajo Museum and Cultural Center. The museum has lots of good information about...more
During the month of September we have Navajo Nation Festival. We have many activities for 3 to 4 days. You can get on carnival rides, watch saddle bronc riding at the rodeo, watch the powwow dancers from tribes all over the United States and Canada and watch the parade early Saturday morning.These Apache Crown Dancers were part of the parade one...more
The restaurant serves a variety of dishes. They serve cultural (navajo tacos, lamb, etc), american, some italian (pasta) and mexican dishes. The atmosphere is pleasant and calm, decorated with native american pottery,. traditional rugs weaved from wool and oil paintings of the Navajo Nation. It's a 'must see' to experience the cultural aspects of our people.
Favorite Dish: Native American fried bread with mutton stew or ribs.
Prices are great, artwork is by Navajos (not imported from overseas), and the artists themselves benefit directly from sales.
What to buy: Navajo rugs, sandstone paintings, pottery, and other misc.
What to pay: The Navajo rugs are probably going to be the most costly. I believe an average size rug starts off around a couple of hundred dollars, and goes on up. The reason being is the time it takes to handweave, as well as a limited amount of artists who do this.
The women are to wear traditional outfit simliar to this one my daughter is wearing. The hair is put in a Navajo hair bun wrapped with strings made out of wool. The jewelry consist of mainly silver, turquoise and coral. Other stones can be worn also. The style of clothing is like the one she is wearing. This is worn during special ceremonies such as the puberty ceremony, blessing ceremony, beauty way ceremony, just to name a few.