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Arizona Experience Store

 Native American Culture

Plants native to Arizona have provided nutrition, medicine, and more to generations of American Indian tribes but this knowledge is slowly disappearing. Explore efforts to preserve this information and discover surprising meal ideas.

Navajo Weaving

The Navajo tradition of sheepherding has preserved the oldest domesticated sheep in North America. The remarkable qualities of this animal help shape Navajo culture and livelihood.

American Indian Tribes and Communities in Arizona

Twenty-two sovereign American Indian communities currently live in Arizona. These nations and represent a wealth of cultural diversity. 

Basketry Treasured at the Arizona State Museum

Discover baskets, sandals, mats, and other preserved fibers representing every indigenous basket-making group in North America from 6,000 years ago to the present.

Hohokam Rock Art

For more than a thousand years, the Hohokam Indians, early dwellers of central Arizona, created rock—art that is still visible today.

Angelo Joaquin Discusses Desert Foods
Angelo Joaquin discusses how the desert is a sustainable source of food, medicine, and spirituality for the O’odham people.

Angelo Joaquin discusses how the desert is a sustainable source of food, medicine, and spirituality for the O’odham people.

Angelo Joaquin Discusses Native Seeds/SEARCH
Angelo Joaquin shared how the Native Seeds/SEARCH seed bank helps protect not only important desert plants and foodstuffs but also Tohono O’odham heritage and culture.

Angelo Joaquin shared how the Native Seeds/SEARCH seed bank helps protect not only important desert plants and foodstuffs but also Tohono O’odham heritage and culture.

Sallie Wagner Co-Owner of Wide Ruins Trading Post
Sallie Wagner owned Wide Ruins Trading Post with her husband throughout the 1950s.

Sallie recollects trading for rugs and her role in helping promote weaving within the Wide Ruins community. View complete video and transcript courtesy of the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University.

Jim Babbit Discusses Navajo Creation Story
Jim Babbit discusses Navajo creation story

Jim Babbit shares the Navajo creation story, including the symbol of the Swastika, and its place in the “Storm Pattern” rug design. View complete video and transcript courtesy of the Cline Library at Northern Arizona University.